Intellectual Property Committee

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The Intellectual Property Committee was a coalition of thirteen US corporations "dedicated to the negotiation of a comprehensive agreement on intellectual property in the current GATT round of multilateral trade negotiations".[1] The coalition was formed in March 1986 by Bristol-Myers, DuPont, FMC Corporation, General Electric, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Monsanto, Pfizer, Rockwell International and Warner Communications.

Members changed throughout 1986 to 1996. By 1994, CBS, DuPont and General Motors quit, and others like Digital Equipment Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Time Warner had joined.[2]

The agreement on intellectual property which IPC was dedicated to finally arrived in 1994 as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) approved by the World Trade Organization at the end of the Uruguay Round.

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  1. ^ Edmund Pratt, "Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade", speech to US Council for International Business - according to (Drahos and Braithwaite 2002)
  2. ^ Sell, Susan K. (2003), Private Power, Public Law, Cambridge University Press, p. 96, Throughout the years 1986–1996, the IPC's membership fluctuated from eleven to four-teen corporations. In 1994, CBS, Du Pont, and General Motors no longer participated, but Digital Equipment Corporation, FMC, Procter & Gamble, Rockwell International and Time Warner did.