Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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This Article provides an overview of the substantive provisions of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The authors begin by explaining how the TRIPS Agreement signals a new emphasis on protecting intellectual property in the international trading system and the World Trade Organization. They then discuss the Agreement's obligations on substantive protection, as well as its enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms. Finally, the authors address the international plans for the Agreement's implementation and administration. Otten and Wager conclude that, while it does not solve all the problems related to international intellectual property matters, the TRIPS Agreement represents the most comprehensive international agreement on intellectual property protection to date and a basis for the further development of international rules.