Research Paper 19, December 2008

WCO SECURE: Lessons Learnt From the Abortion Of the TRIP-Plus-Plus IP Enforcement Initiative.

The objective of this research paper is to extract lessons from the negotiation process of SECURE, an initiative to promote TRIPS-plus-plus standards on IP enforcement at the WCO, and assist developing countries in addressing the emerging global challenges in IP enforcement initiatives. Although the proponents of SECURE had adopted a fast-track approach for its speedy conclusion, effective coordination among developing countries foiled the attempt to adopt the SECURE draft at the June 2008 WCO Council and led to the suspension of the SECURE Working Group at the WCO Policy Commission in Argentina in December 2008.

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