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Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

Edited by Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami and Richard R. Nelson

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574759
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722660 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574759.001.0001

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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Economic development involves a process of catching up with leading countries at the time. Catch‐up is never achieved by investment in physical assets alone: also needed are the learning of modern technologies and accumulation of a country's own technological capabilities. Nevertheless, most literature on economic development has paid scant attention to this technological aspect of catch‐up or at best assumed that developing countries can simply take advantage of the backlog of technologies practiced in advanced countries. Despite this assumption catch‐up can only occur with significant efforts and capacity. Moreover, the speed of catch‐up depends not just on the technological distance from the leaders but also on the country's social capability and legal, economic, and scientific institutions. One such institution is the regime of intellectual property rights (IPR), particularly patents. Patents may promote innovation and technology transfer. Yet they may prove to be barriers for developing countries that intend to acquire technologies through imitation and reverse‐engineering. Therefore, the current move to harmonize the IPR system internationally, such as the TRIPS agreement, may have unexpected consequences on developing countries. This book explores this issue through an in‐depth study of ten countries and one region, ranging from early developing countries (USA, Nordic countries, and Japan) and post‐World War II developing countries (Korea, Taiwan, and Israel) to more recent developing countries (Argentine, Brazil, China, India, and Thailand). These studies clearly indicate that the impact of IPR is complex and significantly varies across industries and across development stages.

Keywords: intellectual property; patent; TRIPS; capability; technology; learning; innovation; technology transfer; catch‐up; economic development

Book.  464 pages.  Illustrated.

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Introduction in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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IPR and US Economic Catch‐Up in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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IPR and the Catch-Up Process in Japan in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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IPR and Technological Catch‐Up in Korea in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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IPR and Catch‐Up: The Case of Taiwan's IC Industry in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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Israel's High‐Tech Catch‐Up Process: The Role of IPR and Other Policies in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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Innovation and IPR in a Catch‐Up‐Falling‐Behind Process: The Argentine Case in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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Relationships between IPR and Technology Catch‐Up: Some Evidence from China in Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch-Up

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