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TRIPS plus 20

From Trade Rules to Market Principles

  • Hanns Ullrich
  • Reto M. Hilty
  • Matthias Lamping
  • Josef Drexl

Part of the MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law book series (MSIP, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Revisiting the Policy Rationale of TRIPS

  3. TRIPS as a Legal Framework: Which Geometry?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Annette Kur
      Pages 133-162
    3. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan
      Pages 163-183
    4. Reto M. Hilty
      Pages 185-210
  4. Systems Challenges

  5. TRIPS and Countervailing Principles

  6. Exclusivity, Access and Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-507

About this book


This book examines the impact and shortcomings of the TRIPS Agreement, which was signed in Marrakesh on 15 April 1994. Over the last 20 years, the framework conditions have changed fundamentally. New technologies have emerged, markets have expanded beyond national borders, some developing states have become global players, the terms of international competition have changed, and the intellectual property system faces increasing friction with public policies. 

The contributions to this book inquire into whether the TRIPS Agreement should still be seen only as part of an international trade regulation, or whether it needs to be understood – or even reconceptualized – as a framework regulation for the international protection of intellectual property. The purpose, therefore, is not to define the terms of an outright revision of the TRIPS Agreement but rather to discuss the framework conditions for an interpretative evolution that could make the Agreement better suited to the expectations and needs of today’s global economy.


Economic development Intellectual property International trade TRIPS agreement World Trade Organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Hanns Ullrich
    • 1
  • Reto M. Hilty
    • 2
  • Matthias Lamping
    • 3
  • Josef Drexl
    • 4
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany
  4. 4.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany

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