Council For Trade-related Aspects Of Intellectual Property Rights, World Trade Organization Work Programme On Electronic Commerce

The Declaration on Global Electronic Commerce urged the General Council of the World Trade Organization to establish a comprehensive work programme. The Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) was directed to examine and report any recommendations to the General Council on intellectual property issues arising in connection with e-commerce. Specific issues to be examined include protection and enforcement of copyrights and trademarks, patents, new technologies, and access to technology.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are some of the issues addressed in the current TRIPS Agreement and how do these apply to e-commerce and digital transmissions of intellectual property?
What are some of the copyright and trademark issues related to electronic commerce being considered by the World Trade Organization?
What are some of the publication issues being addressed by the TRIPS Council that are related to the global digital environment?
Is jurisdiction a problem with publication of protected works on the Internet?
What is the World Intellectual Property Organization and how is it related to the World Trade Organization?


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