How to grow a business by 8500% in ten years: the lessons learned from regional and bilateral FTAs

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tuesday March 18, 2014
12:15 - 1:15pm
Room 118, Armstrong Hall
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Alexander W. Koff, partner and co-chair of the International Practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP, is the principal investigator of a study examining the “TRIPS-Plus” provisions of the 14 free trade agreements (FTAs) signed and implemented by the U.S. since the start of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.  The overall aim of the study is to examine the effects of the TRIPS-Plus provisions in the partner countries.  The study combines both an econometric analysis using a panel of 233 countries over eight years as well as over 130 on-site interviews in seven countries over the course of 2011.

Mr. Koff presented the study’s findings on September 19, 2011, at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as part of a panel moderated by the Global Intellectual Property Center addressing the lessons learned from regional and bilateral FTAs and assessing economic impacts as well as whether stronger IPR rules stimulate innovation.  Mr. Koff will discuss the study – why it was commissioned, how it was structured, and the larger lessons it teaches about how intellectual property rights are perceived (and negotiated) in trade agreements.  He will then explain how the study stumbled upon a novel method to target export growth by 8500% or more in only ten years.

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