Todd M. Rowe


This Comment examines whether the conformity achieved by international technology treaties is at the expense of utility. Specifically, the author posits that international agreements do not serve the needs of rich and poor nations alike. Instead, the author advocates for increased autonomy by claiming better solutions will be produced when nations enter bi-lateral agreements. In reaching this conclusion, the Comment analyzes the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the problems created for developing nations through global technology protections. The author uses the United States' patent, copyright, and trademark protections as an illustrative example of how successful a system that is not overly influenced by international agreements can be.