You may already know this, but if you need reminding, TRIPS means Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. As Professor Gervais attests, this very thorough and detailed guide from Sweet & Maxwell aims to provide a complete set of tools to understand the unique mixture of trade rules and intellectual property concepts now known as TRIPS.
Part I of the book `provides the necessary background for understanding the TRIPS Agreement, `whose birth,' writes Daniel Gervais, `was quite unlike any other agreement in the field of intellectual property.'
The reader is guided through the emergence and evolution of the TRIPS Agreement and gains an understanding of why and how it happened in the framework of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
The TRIPS Agreement is as international an agreement on intellectual property, or indeed any aspect of law as you are likely to find. As Gervais points out, TRIPS is one of the most significant milestones in the development of intellectual property in 20th century and `perhaps more importantly than its broad coverage, the TRIPS Agreement has enshrined detailed rules on one of the most difficulty and, for the rights holder, painful aspects of intellectual property rights: enforcement.'
Gervais himself is as international as the subject of the book. Currently Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in the United States, he was formerly Osler Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Ottawa and prior to that, Legal Officer at the GATT during the Uruguay Round.
His academic credentials also include Nantes University (France) and the Graduate Institute of Advanced International Studies at Geneva, as well as an LL.M and LL.B from the University of Montreal - and this list is by no means exhaustive. It is fair to say that he brings an impressive roster of experience and credentials to the compilation and authorship of this book.
Part II of the book examines in detail each provision of the TRIPS Agreement. Extensively and exhaustively it analyses all aspects of the Agreement. The first section covers general provisions and basic principles. The second section covers standards concerning the availability, scope and use of intellectual property rights which include:
* Copyright and related rights
* Geographical indications
* Industrial Designs
The third section under Part II deals with the often vexed question of enforcement of intellectual property rights, including civil and administrative procedures, as well as remedies and criminal procedures, to name only two of the many and various categories of enforcement detailed in this extremely thorough treatment of a complex and continually emerging area of law.
Part III contains no less than 13 annexes of relevant documentation pertaining to TRIPS, plus a useful Table of Relevant WTO cases (World Trade Organisation).
There is a massive bibliography of over 60 pages of documents and books in this subject area, indicating the copious research involved in producing this book.
If you are an IP practitioner, academic, legal researcher, or student, you need this book. It really does contain everything you could possibly need to know about TRIPS and reputedly saves you the bother of entangling yourself in multiple articles and downloads on the subject.
Certainly it is an invaluable work of reference.