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The TRIPS regime is one of the international IP agreements that IP lawyers work with every day. It is administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that sets down minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property regulation.
Specifically, TRIPS contains requirements that nations' laws must meet for: copyright rights; geographical indications,; industrial designs; integrated circuit layout-designs; patents; monopolies for the developers of new plant varieties; trademarks; trade dress; and undisclosed or confidential information. TRIPS also specifies enforcement procedures, remedies, and dispute resolution procedures.
After the publication of the 2nd edition, a number of relevant discussions on TRIPS patent provisions took place that warrant a renewed analysis. The most relevant ones: