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Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights cover: 1) Copyright and rights related to copyright, and 2) industrial property (trademarks, patents, geographical indications, industrial design, and trade secrets).
The TRIPS Agreement defines each of the main elements of protection, namely the subject matter to be protected, the rights to be conferred and permissible exceptions to those rights, and the minimum duration of protection. A specific part is dedicated to the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Reference to WTO mandate
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Article 67
Examples of typical activities
Assistance in: (i) implementation of legislation which is consistent with the TRIPS Agreement; (ii) modernization of intellectual property offices and collective management societies; (iii) strengthening of the means to enforce rights; (iv) promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least-developed countries and the use of intellectual property systems for development purposes; and (v) issues under discussions /negotiation in the WTO.


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