The ON TRIPS agreement is a minimum model agreement that allows members to more broadly protect intellectual property protection on demand. Members are free to determine the appropriate method of transposing the provisions of the agreement into their own legal and practical order. Trips-plus conditions, which impose standards beyond TRIPS, have also been verified.  These free trade agreements contain conditions that limit the ability of governments to introduce competition for generic drug manufacturers. In particular, the United States has been criticized for promoting protection far beyond the standards prescribed by the TRIPS. The U.S. free trade agreements with Australia, Morocco and Bahrain have expanded patentability by making patents available for new uses of known products.  The TRIPS agreement authorizes the granting of compulsory licences at the discretion of a country. The terms of trips plus in the U.S. Free Trade Agreement with Australia, Jordan, Singapore and Vietnam have limited the application of mandatory licences to emergencies, remedies for cartels and abuse of dominance, and cases of non-commercial public use.  While the WTO agreements came into force on 1 January 1995, the TRIPS Agreement granted certain transitional periods to WTO members before they were required to implement all of their provisions. Members of developed countries were given one year to ensure that their laws and practices complied with the TRIPS Agreement.
Members of developing countries and, under certain conditions, the transitional economy enjoyed a five-year period until the year 2000. The least developed countries were first 11 years old, until 2006 – now they are generally extended until July 1, 2021. Article 35 of the TRIPS agreement obliges Member States to protect the design of integrated circuits in accordance with the provisions of the IPIC Treaty (Intellectual Property Treaty, taking into account integrated circuits) negotiated in 1989 under the aegis of WIPO. These provisions include definitions of the integrated circuit and layout design (topography), protection requirements, exclusive rights and restrictions, and use, registration and disclosure. An integrated circuit refers to a product in its final form or an intermediate form in which the elements, of which at least one is an active element, and some or all connections are formed in full in and/or on a piece of material and must perform an electronic function. A layout design (topography) is defined as the three-dimensional layout, in terms or not, of elements of which at least one is an active element, and by some or all connections of an integrated circuit or a three-dimensional layout prepared for an integrated production circuit. The obligation to protect layout designs applies to layout designs that are original in the sense that they are the result of the intellectual efforts of their creators and are not commonplace for layout designers and integrated circuit manufacturers at the time of their creation. Exclusive rights include the right to reproduce and the right to import, sell and distribute for commercial purposes. There are restrictions on these rights. In general, the TRIPS agreement recognizes that rights holders can use their rights to restrict competition or impede technology transfer. The agreement gives governments the right to take action against anti-competitive practices.
In some cases, the TRIPS agreement also waives certain conditions necessary for the compulsory license of a patent when the government grants the compulsory licence to remedy a practice deemed anti-competitive. The WTO also coordinates with a number of other international organizations, including symposia, training activities and other events on intellectual property and trade, as well as how they relate to other policy dimensions such as public health and climate change.