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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Industrial Property, International Protection

Thomas Cottier

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 June 2019

Subject(s):
National treatment — Non-discrimination — Most-favoured-nation treatment (MFN) — Abuse of rights — Intellectual property — Transparency — Soft law — Customary international law — State practice — Judicial decisions

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

1 The concept of industrial property developed during the period of industrialization in the 19 th century. It embraces activities related to engineering, manufacturing, and the distribution of goods and services. Classically, it entails protection of patents, designs, and trademarks. Industrial property rights were traditionally distinct from protection of copyright and neighbouring rights (rights of performers, producers of sound recordings, and broadcasting organizations) which essentially related to artistic (and therefore non-industrial) activities, such as...
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