Trust Me: Patent Offices in Developing Countries
Centre for Governance of Knowledge and Development Working Paper
35 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2007 Last revised: 21 May 2014
Date Written: November 2007
The paper outlines the connections that have developed amongst the Trilateral Patent Offices and then one of those offices (the European Patent Office) and developing country patent offices. It argues that a relationship of technocratic trust exists between the EPO and developing country patent offices. The consequences of this for pharmaceutical patenting are considered. Two regulatory ideas for improving the quality of pharmaceutical patenting are put forward.
Keywords: patent offices, developing countries, pharmaceutical patenting, trust, access to medicines
JEL Classification: K19, I18, K20, 034
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