Store International Intellectual Property Rights as Obstacles to Legitimate Trade?
Intellectual Property Rights as Obstacles to Legitimate Trade? by HEATH

Intellectual Property Rights as Obstacles to Legitimate Trade?

Edited by Christopher Heath, Anselm Kamperman Sanders, Anke Moerland,
By Lucie Antoine, Claudia Chamas, Matthew Kennedy, Matthias Leistner, Roberto Reis, Martin Senftleben, Marketa Trimble


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About the editors:
Christopher Heath (1964) studied Law at the Universities of Konstanz, Edinburgh and the London School of Economics. He lived and worked in Japan for three years. Between 1992 and 2005, he headed the Asian Department of the Max Planck Institute for Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law in Munich.
Anselm Kamperman Sanders (1968) is Professor of Intellectual Property (IP) Law, Director of the Advanced Master’s IP Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM LLM/MSc), and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Anke Moerland (1983) is Assistant Professor of IP Law in the European and International Law Department, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Since 2017, she has been coordinating with the EIPIN Innovation Society, a four-year Horizon 2020 grant under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action ITN-EJD.

About this book:

Intellectual Property Rights as Obstacles to Legitimate Trade helps to understand one of the underlying rationales of the TRIPS Agreement in light of some of the most pertinent IP issues. The WTO/TRIPS Agreement for the first time put IP rights in the context of trade rules, such as when does the exercise of IP rights become an unjustified burden to legitimate trade? Cases have arisen where IP rights are conferred, used, or enforced in a manner that arguably impedes trade, both in domestic and international contexts. This groundbreaking book is the first comprehensive assessment of this controversial area of trade law, shedding important new light on the underlying rationales of the TRIPS Agreement.

What’s in this book:

With contributions by both practitioners and academics working in a range of countries, this book considers thorny issues in such areas as the following:

  • interpretation of ‘obstacles to legitimate trade’ in the context of GATT/ WTO jurisprudence;
  • separating markets by preventing parallel importation in the context of patents;
  • geoblocking – territorial separation of digital markets;
  • using trademarks to prevent competition;
  • geographical indications – protection of terms that are considered generic in certain domestic markets;
  • seizure of goods in transit;
  • ‘evergreening’ patents – attempts to extend the duration of patents;
  • rights to second-hand digital goods or content; and
  • unjustified threats – towards appropriate standards of liability.

How this will help you:

Focusing on topical and under-researched areas of IP law, the contributors stimulate a discussion on an overarching concern that is not often addressed – how to assess whether the protection and enforcement of certain IP rights in particular situations should be classified as trade barriers. As an incisive analysis of the desirable balance between the exercise of IP rights and the demands of legitimate trade, this book will be welcomed by practitioners, lawmakers, policy advisers, and academics in both trade law and IP law.


Christopher Heath
Anselm Kamperman Sanders
Anke Moerland

Pages 232
Publish Date 09/25/2018
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403503301
SKU 10065115-0001
Table of Contents

Summary of Contents


Authors and Editors


Chapter 1

Avoiding Barriers to Legitimate Trade: Objectives and Obligations

Matthew Kennedy


Chapter 2

Parallel Imports of Patented Goods

Christopher Heath

Chapter 3

Geoblocking and ‘Legitimate Trade’

Marketa Trimble

Chapter 4

The Registration of Descriptive Terms in International Trade

Anke Moerland

Chapter 5

The Seizure of Goods in Transit – Can EU Trade Mark Legislation Serve as a Model?

Martin Senftleben


Chapter 6

The Green, Green Grass of Evergreening Patents

Roberto Reis and Claudia Chamas

Chapter 7

Exhaustion and Second-Hand Digital Goods/Contents

Matthias Leistner and Lucie Antoine

Chapter 8

Unjustified Threats and the Repression of Unfair Competition

Anselm Kamperman Sanders