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Flexibility in the implementation of intellectual property rights in agricultural biotechnology

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  • Michel Trommetter

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In this paper I discuss the fact that economists define optimal IP rights as a continuum of options in three dimensions: height, breadth and length. At the operational level we see the impossibility of multiplying rights indefinitely (due to prohibitive transaction costs), as well as the use of a limited number of IP tools which have led to the implementation of flexibilities. These flexibilities are designed to limit certain perverse effects of rights ill-adjusted to the characteristics of some economic sectors (agricultural biotechnologies, pharmacy, etc.). In this context, I analyse how these flexibilities are implemented in TRIPS and TRIPS+ agreements and I study the consequences for Developing Countries.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal European Journal of Law and Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 223-245

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Handle: RePEc:kap:ejlwec:v:30:y:2010:i:3:p:223-245

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Keywords: Intellectual property right; Patent; Agriculture; Trips; Innovation; K11;

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Cited by:
  1. Mónica L. Azevedo & Óscar Afonso & Sandra T. Silva, 2013. "Endogenous growth and intellectual property rights: a North-South modelling proposal," FEP Working Papers 492, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  2. Azevedo, Mónica L. & Afonso, Óscar & Silva, Sandra T., 2014. "Endogenous growth and intellectual property rights: A north–south modeling proposal," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 112-120.

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