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

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Peter Drahos

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Queen Mary University of London, School of Law; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Drahos, Peter, Trust Me: Patent Offices in Developing Countries (November 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1028676

Peter Drahos (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3JB
United Kingdom

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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