Article Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business

How Far Have We Come, and Where Do We Go From Here: The Status of Global Computer Software Protection Under the Trips Agreement

Aaron Charfoos argues that leaving the decision of patentability to the sole discretion of domestic policymakers ensures that consistent global protection of software will be virtually impossible to achieve. Within the context of the 1994 TRIPS agreement, which provides for minimum protection for intellectual property while allowing member nations some independence in dictating domestic legislation, the author examines the underlying principles of software protection, the status of implementation, and several options that may provide better protection of software.