Founding a Global Human Rights Culture for Trade Marks

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Founding a Global Human Rights Culture for Trade Marks

9781800889798 Edward Elgar Publishing
Genevieve Wilkinson, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Publication Date: August 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 979 8 Extent: c 272 pp
This ground-breaking book demonstrates that states are not attentive enough to the serious human rights implications of trade mark protection. Important rights to freedom of expression, health, life, benefits from science and culture, privacy, a fair trial and protection from discrimination and hate speech are often insufficiently addressed.

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This ground-breaking book demonstrates that states are not attentive enough to the serious human rights implications of trade mark protection. Important rights to freedom of expression, health, life, benefits from science and culture, privacy, a fair trial and protection from discrimination and hate speech are often insufficiently addressed.

The book develops an original approach that enables policy-makers to realise these rights, advocating for the development of a global human rights culture for trade marks. Using diverse examples from Australia, Uruguay, Europe, the United States and Kenya, Genevieve Wilkinson explores how trade mark protection can both promote and restrict human rights. Focusing on three detailed case studies – tobacco plain packaging, anti-counterfeiting measures and contrary marks – the book translates emerging human rights frameworks for health into a human rights framework for trade marks. It calls for greater attention to how trade marks can impact economic, social and cultural rights and proposes new ways to detect counterfeit trade marked goods.

Providing an innovative solution to an often overlooked problem, this book will be an invaluable guide for policy-makers and academics interested in human rights and intellectual property, and activists seeking to address conflicts between trade mark law and human rights law.
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‘The interaction between intellectual property rights and human rights is such an important field of study that it almost became a subdiscipline. Dr. Wilkinson’s work constitutes a major addition to this field by adding a global and comparative dimension and conceptualizing a human rights culture for trade marks. A must read for everyone concerned with the ethical dimensions of innovation law!’
– Christophe Geiger, Luiss Guido Carli University, Italy.

‘Drawing on important comparative case studies on plain packaging tobacco legislation, contrary marks and counterfeiting, Dr Wilkinson makes a powerful and carefully argued case for an integrated and systematic human rights approach to trade marks law reform, particularly in the area of public health. Her study will provide a useful framework for future national and international reform initiatives.’
– Sam Ricketson, Professor Emeritus, Melbourne Law School, Australia
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