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Title: The MERCOSUL and the liberalisation of international trade : an analysis of the issues on patent protection
Author: da Costa e Silva, Eugênio
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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Chapter 1 provides a historical background of the process of Latin American integration, from LAFTA to MERCOSUL. Chapter 2 provides a general overview of the setting up of an international patent system, discussing the establishment and evolution of the Paris Convention and the setting up of "Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights" under the GATT auspices. These two chapters serve as an introductory background. Chapters 3 and 4 examine the aspects of patent protection in the European Community. Chapter 3 discusses the legislative and juridical developments in the implementation of the principles of the "free movement of goods" and "protection against unfair competition" vis-a-vis the exercise of patent rights within the Common Market. Chapter 4 reviews the attempt to unify patent rights in the Community by using the mechanism of inter-State Convention. Chapters 5 and 6 evaluate more substantive aspects of patent rights in the international, supranational and national levels to draw up guidelines for the implementation of measures that should be taken into account by the MERCOSUL. Chapter 5 discusses primarily the protection of pharmaceutical products and processes, biotechnology and plant varieties. Chapter 6 analyses the application of the principles of free movement of goods and competition law in the MERCOSUL. A complementary chapter is included to review the "biodiversity-related aspects of intellectual property rights". Chapter 7 utilises the wording of the Convention on Biological Diversity to investigate the following issues: access to genetic resources, technology transfer, biotechnology, and the protection of the knowledge and practices of local and indigenous communities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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