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Intellectual Property and the New International Economic Order: Oligopoly, Regulation, and Wealth Redistribution in the Global Knowledge Economy

ISBN13: 9781316629161
Published: April 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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In economic sectors crucial to human welfare-agriculture, education, and medicine-a small number of firms control global markets, primarily by enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights incorporated into trade agreements made in the 1980s onward: such rights include patents on seeds and medicines, copyrights for educational texts, and trademarks in consumer products. According to conventional wisdom, these agreements likewise ended hopes for a "New International Economic Order," under which wealth would be redistributed from rich countries to poor.

In this book, Sam Halabi turns this conventional wisdom on its head by demonstrating that the New International Economic Order never faded, but rather was redirected by other treaties, formed outside the nominally economic sphere, that protected poor countries' interests in education, health, and nutrition, and resulted in redistribution and regulation.

This illuminating book should be read by anyone seeking a nuanced view of how IP is shaping the global knowledge economy.

Intellectual Property Law, Law and Economics
Introduction: Global Wealth and the Rise of Intellectual Property

Part I Movements in Global Wealth Creation and Redistribution:
1. Economic Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries after Decolonization
2. The Expansion of International Intellectual Property Protection
3. The Merger between International Intellectual Property, Investment, and Trade Law

Part II Rethinking Wealth: Firms, Basic Human Needs, and Technology:
4. The Pivot to Basic Human Needs
5. The Rise of Supranational Regulation of Global Firms
6. Access to Medicines and Vaccines
7. Food and Agriculture
8. Consumer Products
9. Educational and Scientific Printed Works

Part III International Intellectual Property Shelters: Redistributing Wealth and Regulating Oligopolies:
10. Medicines and Vaccines
11. Biological and Plant Genetic Resources for Agriculture
12. Food and Tobacco Trademarks
13. Limiting Copyright

Part IV International Intellectual Property Shelters, Wealth Redistribution, and the Supranational Regulation of Global Firms:
14. International Intellectual Property Shelters as Mechanisms of Redistribution
15. International Intellectual Property Shelters and Supranational Regulation