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Intellectual Property Harmonisation within ASEAN and APEC

Edited by Christoph Antons, Michael Blakeney, Christopher Heath,
By Assafa ENDESHAW, Wolfgang Fikentscher, Silke von Lewinski, Patrick Smith, Pham Duy Nghia, Uma Suthersanen, Antony Taubman, Weerawit Weeraworawit


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In several major areas of international trade¿particularly software and technology transfer¿a harmonised regime of intellectual property law is a crucial prerequisite to success. Yet this legal concept appears to be extraordinarily difficult to establish on any agreed-upon basis among countries. And nowhere has the sought-for harmonisation proven more intractable than in the countries of the Asia Pacific region.

Intellectual Property Harmonisation in ASEAN and APEC investigates the complex issues that lie at the root of this major block to the unhampered global flow of commerce based on intangible assets. By highlighting the background of Asian legal systems, both in terms of culture and intellectual property systems, the authors suggest how the current obstacles towards greater harmonisation and integration may be overcome. Defining the accepted principles enshrined in TRIPS, the Paris Convention, and other international agreements, the presentation describes the relatively successful European experience and then goes on to develop strategic variations geared to relate more precisely to harmonisation, integration and co-operation in the East Asian region.

Among the important elements of the problem (and its potential solutions) discussed in this book are the following:

  • the strong influence of legal culture in the different Asian countries;
  • the limits of IP harmonisation in Europe;
  • the importance of understanding the political and cultural perceptions that prevail in the various Asian countries;
  • the non-uniform approach of different Asian countries due in part to bilateral free trade agreements; and
  • the experience of patent office cooperation and its potential as a model for smaller countries.

    The contributing authors have all worked in the IP field for more than a decade and have followed closely the developments of intellectual property law since the advent of the TRIPS Agreement. Their collective expertise includes both academic and practical considerations on IP harmonisation.

    Intellectual Property Harmonisation in ASEAN and APEC will be of great value and interest to policymakers seeking effective enforcement of intellectual property rights, to international lawyers counseling clients on Asia, and to academics working in the fields of intellectual property or Asian law.


  • Last Updated 11/11/2004
    Update Frequency As Needed
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041122926
    SKU 10059205-0001
    Table of Contents
      Part 1. Harmonisation, Approximation and Integration. 1. Global Intellectual Property, Competition and Cultural Ttraditions. Wolfgang Fikentscher. 2. TRIPS after the Doha Ministerial Declaration. MIchael Blakeney. 3. Legal Culture and Its Impact on Regional Harmonisation. Christoph Antons. Part 2 Intellectual Property Harmonisation in Europe 4. Methods of Industrial Property Harmonisation - The Example of Europe .Christoph Heath 5. Harmonising Design Law in a Free Trade Area: Jurisdential Lessons from the E.U. and the U.S. Uma Suthersanen. 6 Harmonisation of Copyright in Europe - Background, Principles and Problems.Silke von Lewinski. Part 3 Policies of Intellectual Property Harmonisation in Asia 7. Harmonisation and Selective Adapation as Intellectual Property Policies in Asia Christoph Antons. Part 4 Intellectual Property Harmonisation in the ASEAN Countries 8. Transplanted Law - An Ideological and Cultural Analysis of Industrial Property Law in Vietnam Pham Duy Nghia 9. The Momentum for Review of TRIPS and Harmonisation of Intellectual Property in ASEAN Assafa Endeshaw. Part 5 Intellectual Property Harmonisation within APEC 10. Collective Management of TRIPS: APEC, New Regionalism and Intellectual Property Antony Taubman. Part 6 Intellectual Property Harmonisation in Asia - Practitioners' Views 11. The Harmonisation of Intellectual Property Rights in ASEAN Weerawit Weeraworawit 12. Harmonisation, Regional Collaboration and Small Patent Offices Patrick Smith