The TRIPS Agreement is Annex 1C of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organisation, signed in Marrakesh, Morocco on 15 April 1994. Administered by the WTO, it presents standards for IP protection for WTO Members. It was negotiated at the end of the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1994. It deals with all intellectual property rights; defines the standards concerning the availability, scope, and use of intellectual property rights, including copyright and related rights, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, layout designs of integrated circuits, protection of undisclosed information and control of anti-competitive practices in contractual licenses and specifies the enforcement procedures. TRIPS provides for different transitional periods for the application of the provisions of the Agreement, depending on the level of development of the country in question.
Categories: Plant varieties
Making body: Contracting Parties
Law Type: International Agreement
Effective Start Date: 01 Jan 1995
Access available: Freely available