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Cambridge University Press
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May 2010
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Distinguished economists, political scientists, and legal experts discuss the implications of the increasingly globalized protection of intellectual property rights for the ability of countries to provide their citizens with such important public goods as basic research, education, public health, and environmental protection. Such items increasingly depend on the exercise of private rights over technical inputs and information goods, which could usher in a brave new world of accelerating technological innovation. However, higher and more harmonized levels of international intellectual property rights could also throw up high roadblocks in the path of follow-on innovation, competition and the attainment of social objectives. It is at best unclear who represents the public interest in negotiating forums dominated by powerful knowledge cartels. This is the first book to assess the public processes and inputs that an emerging transnational system of innovation will need to promote technical progress, economic growth and welfare for all participants.


'It is a laudable and, according to the editors, unprecedented, attempt to bring together contributions from a range of authors on a key issue facing the intellectual property world at present. … The authors are distinguished economists, political scientists and legal experts. … this is a thorough and stimulating work, bringing together diverse views of a range of experts on the impact of IP on efforts to tackle the developing world crisis. Given how important and urgent it is for this global issue to be tackled, it is hoped that it will be widely read and provoke greater, and better informed, debate among the broader IP world.'

Source: European Intellectual Property Review

' … a very useful book … indispensable to anyone who is interested in the law and economics of science, innovation, technology diffusion, and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in the global context.'

Source: World Trade Review

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