Intellectual Property Rights under International Investment Treaties: Overview, Protection and Dispute Settlement
School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration and Energy Law
This dissertation was written as
part of the
Transnational and European Commercial Law,
Arbitration, Mediation and Energy Law
at the International Hellenic University.
The main purpose
of this dissertation is to address Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)
in the world of
international investment law and especially in the context of international investment treaties, whether
in the form of regional or international agreements, bilateral, multilateral or of investment chapters in
Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).
It examines special aspects of this young
still undiscovered in a wide
field which reflects the transformation of IP from a “
boring” area of law to a central point in
today’s global economy and society.
Although much has been written on several
aspects of the topic, there have been only a few authors that
went in depth and analysed the subject matter in detail. Moreover, new developments in the world of
global trade and investment, such as the negotiations on the
Trade and Investment
between the US and the EU
and the recently approved by the Council EU
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
(CETA), are accompanied from different emerging legal
problematics with no definite answer yet. Accordingly, this
dissertation explores the multifaceted issues
of IPRs in relation to this new era.
Concluding, it is the author’s belief that there is still
much room for improvement in regards to our
awareness and knowledge on IP matters. Due to the overlap with man
y other fields,
the boarder lines of
legal protection and legal principles between different areas of law have obfuscated. However, it is of
great importance to continue the research and the academic dialogue which will eventually lead to
considerations, progress and answers.