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Trading in Knowledge

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ISBN13: 9781844070435
ISBN: 1844070433
Published: May 2005
Publisher: James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

An unprecedented surge in the scope and level of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection has been engulfing the world. This globalizing trend has shifted the balance of interests between private innovators and society at large and tensions have flared around key public policy concerns. As developing nations' policy options to use IPRs in support of their broader development strategy are being rapidly narrowed down, many experts are questioning the ""one-size-fits-all"" approach to IPR protection and are backing a rebalancing of the global regime. Developing countries face huge challenges when designing and implementing IPR-policy on all levels. This book offers perspectives from a diverse range of developing country participants including civil society participants, farmers, grassroots organizations, researchers and government officials. Contributions from well-known developed country authorities round out the selections.

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Part 1 The international architecture: origins and history of TRIPS; the future of IPRs; political economy of TRIPS; IPR policies and development strategies; TRIPS and the FAO; convention on biological diversity and TRIPS; new treaty development and harmonization.
Part 2 Policy and systemic issues: article 27.3(b) of TRIPS; revised Bangui Agreement; biotechnology patents; IP for agricultural research and seed production in West and Central Africa; TRIPS and public health in Asia; IPRS and public health in Francophone Africa; TRIPS and HIV/AIDS generic drugs; international legal protection for genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore; indigenous knowledge in India; intellectual property, sui generis systems and traditional knowledge; traditional knowledge and the biotrade; documentation of traditional knowledge; requiring the disclosure of the origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.
Part 3 Implementing the TRIPS agreement: effective pro-development national IP policies; TRIPS in Africa; African unity model law; Andean community on access to genetic resources, IP and indigenous peoples' knowledge; Central American regional protocol on access to genetic and biochemical resources; Indian experience in the field of IPRs; South Africa, TRIPS and domestic legislative reforms; towards TRIPS compliance; Peruvian law on protection of indigenous knowledge.