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Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch Up: An International Comparative Study

Edited by: Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami, Richard Nelson

ISBN13: 9780199639632
Published: February 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.49
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For most countries, economic development involves a process of 'catching up' with leading countries at the time. This is never achieved solely by physical assets and labour alone: also needed are the accumulation of technological capabilities, educational attainment, entrepreneurship, and the development of the necessary institutional infrastructure. One element of this infrastructure is the regime of intellectual property rights (IPR), particularly patents. Patents may promote innovation and catch up, and they may foster formal technology transfer. Yet they may also prove to be barriers for developing countries that intend to acquire technologies through imitation and reverse engineering. The current move to harmonize the IPR system internationally, such as the TRIPS agreement, may thus have unexpected consequences for developing countries. This book explores these issues through an in depth study of eleven countries ranging from early developers (the USA, the Nordic Countries, and Japan), and Post-World War II countries (Korea, Taiwan, Israel) to more recent emerging economies (Argentina, Brazil, China, India, and Thailand). With contributions from international experts on innovation systems, this book will be an invaluable resource for academics and policymakers in the fields of economic development, innovation studies and intellectual property laws.

Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law
Contents:
1. Introduction
PART I: EARLY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; 2. IPR and US Economic Catch-Up; 3. Knowledge Flows and Catching-Up Industrialization in the Nordic Countries: The Roles of Patent Systems; 4. Catch-Up Process in Japan and the IPR System
PART II: POST-WORLD WAR II DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; 5. IPR and Technological Catch-Up in Korea; 6. IPRs Regime and Catch-Up: The Taiwanese Experience; 7. Israel's High Tech Catch-Up Process: The Role of IPR and Other Policies
PART III: LATIN AMERICA; 8. Innovation and IPR in a Catch-Up-Falling-Behind Process: The Argentine Case; 9. Accumulation of Technological Capabilities and Economic Development: Did Brazil's IPR Regime Matter?
PART IV: ASIA; 10. Relationships between IPR and Technology Catch-Up: Some Evidences from China; 11. The Accumulation of Capabilities in Indian Pharmaceuticals and Software: The Roles that Patents Did (and Did Not) Play; 12. The Roles of IPR Regime on Thailand's Technological Catching-Up; 13. Conclusion