Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Coming Up: China - Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement

After Chile and Peru, Costa Rica is the third Latin American country that is to negociate a free trade agreement with China. Read the AFP article here.

Free trade agreements can play an important role in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Therefore I intend to read the following two brand new books edited by professor Bryan Mercurio (international economic and trade law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Law) and Simon Lester ( 'Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Commentary & Analysis' and 'Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Case Studies'. In particular I would like to read professor Mercurio's chapter on the TRIPs-plus areas of intellectual property: copyright, geographical indications and patents in 'Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Commentary & Analysis'.

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