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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Intellectual Property, International Protection

Frederick M Abbott

Subject(s):
Intellectual property — National treatment — Developing countries — Internet — Equitable principles

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Intellectual property is regulated at the multilateral, regional, bilateral, national, and sub-national levels. Intellectual property was perhaps the first element of world trade subject to truly multilateral discipline with the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 1883 (‘Paris Convention’) and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work of 1886 (‘Berne Convention’). 2 Intellectual property is a defined set of the intangible products of human creative activity. Unlike real property and personal property which...
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