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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building, and “Informational Development” in Developing Countries

Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building, and “Informational Development” in Developing Countries

(p.401) 11 Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building, and “Informational Development” in Developing Countries
Governing Global Electronic Networks

Christopher May

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the international politics of intellectual property protection within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It looks at power dynamics and the distributive issues of winners and losers to argue that the current emphasis on strict and expansive intellectual property rules has been initiated by the industrialized countries and their industries and does not cater to the needs of non-dominant actors, particularly developing countries. After providing an overview of intellectual property rights, capacity building, and “informational development” in developing countries, the chapter turns to the global governance of intellectual property and the rise of internationalism in intellectual property governance. It also discusses the globalization of intellectual property’s governance and the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement before concluding by outlining ways in which non-dominant actors can exploit the flexibilities provided by the relevant mechanisms to promote developmental and public interest objectives.

Keywords:   international politics, intellectual property, World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, capacity building, informational development, developing countries, global governance, Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, non-dominant actors

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