Frederick Abbott is Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law at Florida State University College of Law. He has served as expert consultant for numerous international and regional organizations, governments and nongovernmental organizations, mainly in the fields of intellectual property, public health, trade, competition and sustainable development. Professor Abbott is the author of many books and articles in the fields of international intellectual property rights law, public health, international economic law and international law. Recent books include 5176756295, 3d ed. 2015 (with T. Cottier and F. Gurry)(information below), Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order, ed. with Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos (2013)(information below) and Global Pharmaceutical Policy (2009) (with G. Dukes). He recently served as a member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to the High Level Panel on Access to Medicines appointed by the UN Secretary General in late 2015. He is Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Health Law of the International Law Association, having served as Rapporteur for the Committee on International Trade Law from the inception of its work in 1993 to its conclusion in 2014. He is consultant to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program and other multilateral institutions. Professor Abbott is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford). He regularly serves as panelist for the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.  He is on the panel of arbitrators under the dispute settlement mechanism of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. He has served as counsel to governments in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and in national court proceedings. Prior to entering academia, Professor Abbott was partner in a major US law firm and specialized in international business regulation and technology-related transactions. He was based in San Francisco (1977-1983) and Silicon Valley (1984-1989). Professor Abbott is Executive Director of the (719) 480-9708, a non-profit organization addressing medicines innovation and access. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Presentations on IP, Trade and Development and IP and Health at Summit on Global Trade, Technology Innovation, Intellectual Property and Development, WTO and China Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, with WIPO, 15-16 October 2018, Xiamen, Fujian, China


Report on Activities at International Law Association Sydney Biennial - August 2018

2055003549, in IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Volume 49, Number 7 (2018)

Excessive Pricing and Sham Patent Litigation: The Pfizer and AbbVie Decisions, Intellectual Property Watch, July 3, 2018

(805) 777-6174 of the International Law Association prepared for the 2018 Sydney Biennial Conference, August 19-24, 2018

US China Relations Papers by Frederick M. Abbott

New Posting:

US Section 301, China, and technology transfer: Law and its limitations revisited (again)

International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Opinion, May 23, 2018

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in CHINA IN THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM: DEFINING THE PRINCIPLES OF ENGAGEMENT, pp. 1-43, F.M. Abbott, ed., Kluwer Law International 1998 


in STATE TRADING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 121, T. Cottier and P. Mavroidis, eds., U. Mich. Press 1998

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in WTO LAW AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, pp. 59-81, G. Bermann, P. Mavroidis, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007

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Published by: Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017 



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International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy, Third Edition

International Intellectual Property in an Integrated World Economy features a comprehensive introduction to the global system regulating the field of intellectual property rights, including how the treatment of IP may affect a broad range of social and political interests.  

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Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law, US, Carlos M. Correa, Professor and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Industrial Property and Economics (CEIDIE), Law Faculty, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Peter Drahos, Professor, Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University and Chair in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Description The patent has emerged as a dominant force in 21st century economic policy. This book examines the impact of the BRICS and other emerging economies on the global patent framework and charts the phenomenal rise in the number of patents in some of these countries.

Contributors include: F.M. Abbott, D. Borges Barbosa, C.M. Correa, P. Drahos, M. El Said, C. Fink, P. Gehl Sampath, K. Karachalios, R. Kher, J. Kuanpoth, A. Kudlinski, T. Payosova, P. Roffe, S.K. Sell, Y. Tamura, G. Van Overwalle, Y.A. Vawda, H. Zhang, W. Zhuang

New Third Edition 2015

Emerging Markets

Global Pharmaceutical Policy

Global Pharmaceutical Policy

In the News


Comment on US Supreme Court decision adopting and affirming international exhaustion of patents published in IIC
, Nov. 2017

Presentations at DTI South Africa - Workshop on Draft Intellectual Property Policy, Policy Coherence, IP and Competition, Compulsory Licensing and Government Use, October 25-27, 2017

Presentation (PPT and Audio),
polysomitic, Conference in Honour of Pedro Roffe, Geneva, June 15, 2017
IP-Watch, Inside Views: US Supreme Court Adopts International Exhaustion of Patents (Part II): Addressing the New Competitive Landscape, June 8, 2017
IP-Watch,Inside Views: US Supreme Court Adopts International Exhaustion for Patents: Paving the way for parallel imports to exert downward pressure on domestic pharmaceutical (and other) prices, May 31, 2017
Presentation (PPT and Audio), 614-692-4018, 7th ASEAN Competition Conference 2017 - ASEAN@50  – Managing Change in a Competitive ASEAN, March 8, 2017. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presentation (PPT) on 647-592-2332 at Workshop on the History, Experiences, and Prospects of Compulsory Licensing of Medical Patents in the United States, KEI – February 24, 2017, Washington, DC
Presentation (audio) at WTO@20 Conference, New Delhi - 8068486558, 17 February 2017
Lecture on Trade and Economic Impact of Trump Election, Nov. 9, 2016
Presentations at South Africa Department of Trade and Industry, UNDP, UNCTAD Public Consultation on Intellectual Property Policy, Pretoria, Sept. 28-30, 2016
Meeting of ILA Global Health Law Committee, Johannesburg, Aug. 9, 2016
No dispute on public health, The Hindu BusinessLine, July 22, 2016 (Uruguay ISDS tobacco case)
Initiation of Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry in Indonesia,, May 25, 2016
Presentation at Official BRICS Side Event, 69th World Health Assembly, Geneva, May 23, 2016, TRIPS plus provisions in plurilateral/regional trade agreements and their impact on access to medicines at the national and global level 
3064224282 on March 3, 2016 in response to request feedback regarding the report on “The Price of Sovaldi and its impact on the U.S. Health Care System”
2102629445 to UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines process to be presented in London on March 9, 2016
Peter Gosselin, 7607203422, Washington Post/Bloomberg News, July 10, 2015
Soumonty Kanungo, Biased? India has a balanced pharma patent regime, DNA India, June 15, 2015
Anju Ghangurde, Prof Abbott on Lilly's 'borderline absurd' ISDS plaint and the TPP, SCRIP Intelligence, June 10, 2015

Recent Postings

uglification, forthcoming in UC Irvine Law Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, Spring 2017

9255581541, in KRITIKA: ESSAYS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, vol. 1, pgs. 1-16 (eds. P. Drahos, G. Ghidini, H. Ullrich), Edward Elgar 2015

866-741-2244, in Trade and Health: Towards building a National Strategy 117-40 (eds. R. Smith et al.), World Health Organization (2015)

Third Contribution to Roundtable on Climate mitigation and intellectual property in tension, malacostracan

Second Contribution to Roundtable on Climate mitigation and intellectual property in tension, 225-217-3658

980-201-2916, ILA Global Health Law Committee - Graduate Institute|Geneva Global Health Programme, Feb. 19, 2015

Contribution to Roundtable on Climate mitigation and intellectual property in tension, 5808426778

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Recent Presentation: 937-335-9874

Articles and Studies: The LDC Medicines Extension Question: Contemplating next steps (Bridges Africa, Sept. 2014)






Author Interview

IP-Watch Interview

May 21, 2014 William New interviews Frederick Abbott

Discussing Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

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