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Intellectual Property Rights as Foreign Direct Investments

From Collision to Collaboration Lukas Vanhonnaeker, McGill University, Canada
This discerning book examines the interface between intellectual property and foreign direct investments to consider one key question: how does the international investment law framework and the international legal regime regulating intellectual property converge? The book scrutinizes circumstances in which and to what extent international investment law’s traditional protective standards apply to intellectual property rights investments and contributes to debate surrounding the fragmentation of international law, arising from its expansion and diversification.
Extent: 320 pp
Hardback Price: $130.00 Web: $117.00
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 250 1
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  • Law - Academic
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Economic Law, Trade Law
What is the level of convergence between the international investment law framework and the international legal regime regulating intellectual property rights? This discerning book examines the interface between intellectual property and foreign direct investments.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the author scrutinizes the circumstances in which, and the extent to which, international investment law’s traditional protective standards apply to intellectual property rights investments. After concluding that the TRIPS agreement has shortcomings in this respect, the author analyses intellectual property rights in the context of international investment law in light of traditional standards of protection including the protection against indirect expropriation, the National Treatment Principle, the Most-Favoured Nation clause, fair and equitable treatment, and the prohibition of performance requirements, while emphasizing the importance of transfers of technology within and to developing countries. These explorations contribute to the debates surrounding the fragmentation of international law arising from its expansion and diversification.

Scholars, students and practitioners in the field of international investment law, as well as those interested in the protection of intellectual property rights at an international level, will find this book to be a useful and informative read.
‘The protection of intellectual property rights in international investment law has considerable potential for future development. This pioneering work is full of nuanced and insightful analysis. It is a must for academics and practitioners in the field.’
– Christoph Schreuer, University of Vienna, Austria
Contents: I. Intellectual Property Rights as Foreign Direct Investments: Does Intellectual Property (and Related Rights) Qualify as an ‘Investment’? 2. Protection Against Expropriation, National Treatment, Most-Favoured-Nation and Fair and Equitable Treatment Standards of Protection and their Relevance in the Context of Intellectual Property Rights Investments 3. Intellectual Property Rights Investments – Key Issues 4. Intellectual Property Rights Investments: Mapping Uncharted Waters Conclusion Index