Source: WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has launched the second edition of “A Handbook on the WTO TRIPS Agreement,” which describes the historical and legal background to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), including information on its institutional framework and role in the organization. Among the topics under review are copyright and related rights, trademarks, patents, industrial and layout designs, geographical indications, undisclosed information and anti-competitive practices, enforcement of intellectual property rights, dispute settlement, TRIPS and public health, and current TRIPS issues. The first edition of the handbook was published in 2012. The new release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Agreement. The publication was edited by Antony Taubman, director of the intellectual property, government procurement and competition division of the WTO, Hannu Wager, a senior officer of that division, and Jayashree Watal, a former member of the division. The handbook is co-published with Cambridge University Press.