Sunday, February 2, 2014

Protections & Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Attention to Detail--Here, Less is Not Always More

By Nicole Camuti
Nicole Camuti is a 2013 graduate of Albany Law School, currently active in the intellectual property law community and human rights areas. During law school, Nicole held positions at Kenyon & Kenyon, LLP as well as Sony Corporation of America. Prior to attending law school, Nicole graduated New York Institute of Technology with magna cum laude honors in engineering and business.
While at Albany Law, she worked for Professor Harrington as a research assistant and was the Executive Editor of International Law Studies. Nicole continues to pursue her passion for trademark law, being active with INTA on their new gTLD expansion and the NYSBA Intellectual Property Section. She is also committed to her human rights research and involvement in evolving laws.
This paper was prepared for Prof. Harrington's International Business Transactions course, Spring 2013.

Free trade agreements vary in length and detail. With respect to intellectual property rights, it is unfortunately more often true than not that highly developed countries provide greater safeguards for Intellectual Property than do less developed and developing countries.

There are serious differences in the rights granted to intellectual property owners between each free trade agreements. In turn, these differences often affect the general population's ability, for example, to obtain pharmaceutical products. The same is true for technology--whether it be life saving diagnostic tools or wireless internet service.

This paper addresses some significant similarities and differences in recent free trade agreements, as well as some key issues arising from those differences.
To read the paper, open HERE.