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Intellectual Property Enforcement Actions

If the intellectual property system is to make its intended beneficial contribution to economic and social welfare, it is vital that the tools be available to ensure that IP rights are respected in an effective, timely and accessible manner, alongside the legitimate interests of others concerned. The Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) broke new ground in multilateral law by setting out general principles for the enforcement of IP rights. It requires WTO members to make available effective, balanced and fair procedures that provide for necessary remedies while guarding against their misuse and the creation of obstacles to legitimate trade.

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