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    The globalization of intellectual property rights

    Archibugi, Daniele and Filippetti, Andrea (2015) The globalization of intellectual property rights. In: Archibugi, Daniele and Filippetti, Andrea (eds.) The Handbook of Global Science, Technology, and Innovation. Oxford, UK: Wiley, pp. 425-446. ISBN 9781118739068.

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    There is a heated debated – in academia and in policy circles – about the usefulness of a stronger global regime of intellectual property rights (IPRs). Supporters of strong IPRs argue that they will allow financing R&D and innovation and disseminating it across countries. Detractors respond that this will imply another burden on developing countries, making slower and more difficult their catching up. The introduction of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in 1994 has even further polarized these positions. We argue that the relevance of IPRs in facilitating or obstructing technology transfer has largely been exaggerated. Innovation-based development is neither hampered nor facilitated by strong or weak IPRs, but rather by the willingness to invest resources in R&D, education, and infrastructures. While TRIPS have effectively represented an attempt to generate a global regime of IPRs, its economic effectiveness has been rather limited since enforcement and policing of IPRs infractions are still firmly in the hands of national authorities.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Daniele Archibugi
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 14:07
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:49


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