Intellectual property rights and economic development, Parts by Carlos Alberto Primo Braga, Carsten Fink, Claudia Paz

By Carlos Alberto Primo Braga, Carsten Fink, Claudia Paz Sepúlveda

Over the process heritage, varied felony tools for safeguarding highbrow estate have emerged. those tools range of their subject material, quantity of security, and box of program, reflecting society's target to stability the pursuits of creators and shoppers for various forms of highbrow works. those felony tools are only one of many items that shape a countrywide method of highbrow estate defense. additionally the most important to the system's total effectiveness are the associations administering those tools, the mechanisms on hand for imposing IPRs, and the principles in regards to the remedy of non-nationals. to handle many of the matters referring to IPRs, this paper defines what they're and makes an attempt to guage the connection among the safety of highbrow estate and fiscal task in constructing international locations. It additionally summarizes the commercial results of IPRs when it comes to construction and diffusion of information and data; and marketplace constitution and costs. in addition, it discusses the reformation of IPRs regimes and makes concepts for his or her management and enforcement. This paper consolidates the various learn from the 'World improvement record 1998/1999: wisdom for improvement' and a few contributions made at an Internet-moderated convention carried out by way of the Bank's TechNet application. will probably be of curiosity to governments, traders, and foreign businesses.

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Source: Park and Ginarte (1997) and World Development Indicators (World Bank). Page 9 At the multilateral level, developed countries pushed for the inclusion of trade-related IPRs issues in the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations. Developing countries initially opposed this step, but in the end signed on to the TRIPS Agreement (see Section 1), which is the most comprehensive and far-reaching international agreement on intellectual property rights ever reached. As of early 1999, the Agreement was binding to all of the WTO's 134 members and would also become binding to all potential new entrants to the WTO.

Opportunity exists in the creation and dissemination of knowledge addressing the particular needs of developing countries. The challenge for developing countries is to reform their intellectual property rights regimeswhile limiting the potentially adverse effects of improved protectionand to facilitate access of local entrepreneurs to the intellectual property rights system. JAMES P. BOND DIRECTOR, EMT 1999 CARL DAHLMAN DIRECTOR, WDR 1998 Page vii Abstract Over the past decade, the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) has undergone tremendous changesfostered on the one hand, by a widening of the range of products and technologies covered by proprietary rights and on the other hand, by policy shifts that have initiated a move towards globally harmonized standards of protection.

By late 1999, a total of 171 developed and developing countries were parties of WIPO-administered treaties on IPRs. Page 11 Figure 2: The Growing Adhesion of Developing Countries to International IPRs Conventions Note: The Pads Convention is the main international treaty in the area of patents and trademarks. The Berne Convention is the main international convention on copyright and neighboring rights. int. Page 12 3 Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Activity This section evaluates the importance of IPRs in economic activity and highlights some emerging trends in the IPRs field.

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