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Trading in Knowledge: Development Perspectives on Trips, Trade and Sustainability

Edited By: Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Christophe Bellmann and Graham Dutfield


Paperback | Dec 2003 | #144608 | ISBN: 1844070441
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Hardback | Dec 2003 | #144609 | ISBN: 1844070433
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Exposes and explains the massive issues at stake in intellectual property rights (IPRs) negotiations and treaties. It offers unique perspectives on IPRs and trade by a diverse range of developing country participants including civil society actors, farmers, grassroots organizations, researchers and government officials. Contributions from well-known developed country authorities round out the selections.


Part 1 The international architecture: origins and history of TRIPS; the future of IPRs; political economy of TRIPS; IPR policies and development strategies; TRIPS and the FAO; convention on biological diversity and TRIPS; new treaty development and harmonization. Part 2 Policy and systemic issues: article 27.3(b) of TRIPS; revised Bangui Agreement; biotechnology patents; IP for agricultural research and seed production in West and Central Africa; TRIPS and public health in Asia; IPRS and public health in Francophone Africa; TRIPS and HIV/AIDS generic drugs; international legal protection for genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore; indigenous knowledge in India; intellectual property, sui generis systems and traditional knowledge; traditional knowledge and the biotrade; documentation of traditional knowledge; requiring the disclosure of the origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Part 3 Implementing the TRIPS agreement: effective pro-development national IP policies; TRIPS in Africa; African unity model law; Andean community on access to genetic resources, IP and indigenous peoples' knowledge; Central American regional protocol on access to genetic and biochemical resources; Indian experience in the field of IPRs; South Africa, TRIPS and domestic legislative reforms; towards TRIPS compliance; Peruvian law on protection of indigenous knowledge.

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Christophe Bellmann is Programmes Director at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Graham Dutfield is Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, University of London. Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz is Executive Director of ICTSD.

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