Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The trading nations of the world are set to make decisions that will determine the future pattern of international trade. Negotiations are currently underway to bring trade in certain agricultural products, services, and goods and services protected as intellectual property" within the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This Article will outline how the consideration of intellectual property came to be included in this round of talks. It will assess the potential benefits and risks of including intellectual property, forecast the probable outcome, and, finally, suggest ways to improve the chances for inclusion of intellectual property into the GATT. The Article also stresses the congressional role in these negotiations and offers criteria for evaluating the success of the negotiations.