IP and development: a road map for developing countries in the 21st Century

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Olwan, Rami and Fitzgerald, Brian. 2015. "IP and development: a road map for developing countries in the 21st Century." Fitzgerald, Brian and Gilchrist, John (ed.) Copyright Perspectives: Past, Present and Prospect. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. pp. 85-96
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IP and development: a road map for developing countries in the 21st Century

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleCopyright Perspectives: Past, Present and Prospect
AuthorsOlwan, Rami (Author) and Fitzgerald, Brian (Author)
EditorsFitzgerald, Brian and Gilchrist, John
Page Range85-96
Chapter Number6
Number of Pages12
Year2015
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783319159126
9783319159133
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15913-3_6
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-15913-3_6
Abstract

The value of an intellectual property (IP) regime to a developing country (or for that matter a developed country) is the subject of increasing debate. On one side IP evangelists argue that IP laws can stimulate untold innovation and provide a foundation for economic progress. On the other side IP sceptics or abolitionists question whether IP laws really incentivise innovation or simply represent an unforeseen burden on social and economic development. The reality for many countries is that while theoretical debates are important they do not provide immediate solutions. For this reason, we want to put the polarising debates to one side and focus on how developing countries can utilise and sensitize IP to their development needs. In order to do this in the following pages, we outline current thoughts on development theory, how it informs IP law and practice and then produces some practical suggestions about ways in which developing countries can grow and implement IP regimes that are more supportive of their need.

Keywordsintellectual property; free trade agreement; gross national income; intellectual property protection; World Intellectual Property Organisation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480399. International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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