Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Development Agendas in a Changing World

Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Development Agendas in a Changing World


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Intellectual property (IP) has gained an unprecedented importance in the new world of globalization and the knowledge economy. However, experience, as well as cyclical attitudes toward IP, show that there is no universal model of IP protection.

This comprehensive book considers new and emerging IP issues from a development perspective, examining recent trends and developments in this area. Presenting an overview of the IP landscape in general, the contributing authors subsequently narrow their focus, providing wide-ranging case studies from countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America on topical issues in the current IP discourse. These include the impact of IP on the pharmaceutical sector, the protection of life forms and traditional knowledge, geographical indications, access to knowledge and public research institutes, and the role of competition policy. The challenges developing countries face in the TRIPS-Plus world are also explored in detail.

The diverse range of contributions to this thought-provoking book offer a wide variety of alternative perspectives on and solutions for the controversial issues surrounding the role of IP within sustainable development. As such, it will prove a stimulating read for government policy-makers, trade negotiators, academics, lawyers and IP practitioners in general, UN and other intergovernmental agencies, development campaigners and aid agencies, environmentalist groups and university students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849802772
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development Series
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edited by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Co-founder and Chief Executive and Pedro Roffe, Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Switzerland

Table of Contents




Section 1: A General Perspective

1. Rights in Basic Information

Peter Jaszi

Section 2: Taking up Reform

2. The Politics of Reform in Developing Countries

Carolyn Deere

3. Intellectual Property Reforms in China

Peter K. Yu

4. A Perspective on Reform in Arab Countries

Ahmed Abdel Latif

Section 3: Implications for Drug Pricing

5. A Review of the Economic Literature

Keith E. Maskus


Section 1: The Pharmaceutical Sector

6. The Case of the Generic Industry in India

Biswajit Dhar and K.M. Gopakumar

7. TRIPS-Plus Policies and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Thailand

Jakkrit Kuanpoth

8. The Ability to Utilize TRIPS Flexibilities in Sub-Saharan African Countries

Tenu Avafia, Jonathan Berger and Trudi Hartzenberg

Section 2: The Protection of Life Forms and Traditional Knowledge

9. Genetic Use Restriction Technologies and Sustainable Development in Eastern and Southern Africa

Patricia Kameri-Mbote and James Otieno-Odek

10. Sui Generis Systems for Plant Variety Protection and Traditional Knowledge in Asia

Daniel Robinson

Section 3: Geographical Indications

11. Indications of Geographical Origin in Asia: Legal and Policy Issues to Resolve

Dwijen Rangnekar

Section 4: Access to Knowledge and the Role of Research Institutes

12. Education and Access to Knowledge in Southern Africa

Andrew Rens, Achal Prabhala and Dick Kawooya

13. Innovation and Public Research in Central American Countries

Jorge Cabrera


14. Promoting Checks and Balances

Carsten Fink

15. A Model Law for the Protection of Undisclosed Data

Carlos M. Correa

16. Enforcement Provisions of EPAs

Sisule F. Musungu



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