Parallel Imports in a Global Market: Should a Generalised International Exhaustion be the Next Step?

“Exhaustion of intellectual property rights” means that right holders lose the right to control the resale of the protected goods. Without an exhaustion doctrine IPR holders would perpetually exercise control over the sale, transfer or use of the relevant goods, and would have a grip on commercial relations. Article 6 TRIPs leaves WTO member countries … Continue reading

The Case of Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

Plain packaging of tobacco products is a new tobacco control tool which has been considered in recent times by several governments throughout the world. By standardizing the appearance of all cigarette boxes, plain packaging aims to make all packs look unattractive and render health warnings more prominent. Australia is set to become the first country … Continue reading