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Accumulation of Technological Capabilities and Economic Development: Did Brazil’s Regime of Intellectual Property Rights Matter?

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  • Roberto Mazzoleni

    (Hofstra University, Department of Economics)

  • Luciano Martins Costa Póvoa


    (FACE-UFG, Ciências Econômicas)

This paper presents an historical analysis of the role of intellectual property rights and the accumulations of technological capabilities in Brazil. The aircraft, pharmaceutical and oil industries are analyzed in detail. While Brazil was then among the pioneers worldwide in recognizing the social value of inventive activities and the importance of protecting and rewarding the work of inventors, both the industrialization of the country and the development of technological capabilities have lagged significantly behind the creation of patent laws. Key reasons for this include the weak incentives for innovation in industries that grew behind the walls of protectionist policies and the second-order significance of IPR in the sectors where the accumulation of technological capabilities was a direct focus of other policy instruments.

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Paper provided by Curso de Ciencias Economicas da Universidade Federal de Goias - FACE in its series Working papers - Textos para Discussao do Curso de Ciencias Economicas da UFG with number 002.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
Publication status: Published in the book Intellectual Property Rights and Catch-Up: An International Comparative Study, organized by Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami, and Richard R. Nelson. Oxford University Press, 2010. Permission is gratefully acknowledged
Handle: RePEc:ufb:wpaper:002
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  1. Ortiz Neto, José Benedito & Dalla Costa, Armando João, 2007. "A Petrobras e a exploração de petróleo offshore no Brasil: um approach evolucionário," Revista Brasileira de Economia, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), vol. 61(1), April.
  2. da Motta e Albuquerque, Eduardo, 2000. "Domestic patents and developing countries: arguments for their study and data from Brazil (1980-1995)," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1047-1060, December.
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