- the use of IP provisions as a bargaining chip in international trade negotiations;
- the increasing comprehensiveness and complexity of international IP rules in bilateral and regional agreements;
- the lack of transparency and inclusiveness in the negotiating process; and
- the resulting imbalances that are often reflected in the respective IP provisions negotiated on the bilateral or regional level.
The principles have been formally presented just a couple of hours ago at this year's Annual Congress of the Association for Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), which has taken up the challenge of answering a bold question: Is Intellectual Property a Lex Specialis? And as if that wasn't enough, the congress is held in a setting that could hardly be more impressive: the University of Oxford. This Kat would like to take the opportunity to thank Graeme Dinwoodie (current ATRIP president) and all congress participants for making this such a wonderful experience. See you next year, in Montpellier, and the year after, in South Africa [as you can see, the ATRIP executive board has a knack when it comes to choosing conference venues].