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

  • Odagiri, Hiroyuki
    (Professor, Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University, Tokyo)

  • Goto, Akira
    (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo)

  • Sunami, Atsushi
    (Director of Science and Technology Policy Program and Associate Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

  • Nelson, Richard R.
    (George Blumenthal Professor of International and Public Affairs, Emeritus, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor, University of Manchester)

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. Contributors to this volume - Kristine Bruland, University of Oslo, Norway, Peera Charoenporn, Thammasat University, Thailand, Y. C. Chiu, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Akira Goto, University of Tokyo, Patarapong Intarakamnerd, Thammasat University, Thailand, Yee Kyoung Kim, Seoul National University, Korea, Keun Lee, Seoul National University, Korea, T. L. Lee, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Zheng Liang, Tsinghua University, China, Andres Lopez, CENIT and University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Roberto Mazzoleni, Hofstra University, USA, David C. Mowery, University of California, Berkeley, USA, Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University and the University of Manchester, Hiroyuki Odagiri, Hitotsubashi University, Luciano Martins Costa Povoa, Universidade Federale de Minas Gerais, Brazil, Meir Pugatch, University of Haifa, Israel, Bhaven N. Sampat, Columbia University, USA, Atsushi Sunami, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Morris Teubal, Hebrew University, Israel, H. L. Wu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Lan Xue, Tsinghua University, China, Odeda Zlotnick, Hebrew University, Israel.

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