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Interest Groups and Patent Reform in India


  • Anitha Ramanna



India’s patent reforms represent a shift in India’s policy from one of enormous opposition to revising patent laws according to the WTO, to one of compliance with many aspects of TRIPs (Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement. Industry and civil society had a strong interest in blocking reforms on IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights), and initially played an important role in preventing reforms of India’s patent law. India has recently changed its patent regime, led by important industry groups who revised their positions, and new NGOs that promoted reform. The preferences of actors and their changing interests are important factors in the reform process. Perceived benefits from the new regime partly explain the rise of a pro-reform constituency among industry and NGOs. Yet preference formation is complex and depends on interpretation of strategies by various actors.[IGIDR WP 06]

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  • Anitha Ramanna, 2009. "Interest Groups and Patent Reform in India," Working Papers id:1979, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:1979
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    Intellectual Property Rights; industry groups; NGOs; reform; preferences; Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights;

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