The TRIPS Agreement and Technological Innovation

24 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2010 Last revised: 7 Dec 2014

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Giuseppe DiVita

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: July 9, 2010


In this paper we attempt to evaluate the possible spill-over of the international agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs for short), underwritten in 1994, regarding economic growth for both wealthy and developing countries. We find that the TRIPs convention has prompted, at the same time, innovation in developing countries and a rise in the per capita income for all the economies involved in international trade. As a by-product of our research we find that, despite the strong growth of resident patents application after 1995 (the year in which TRIPs came into force), most of the increase in the gross domestic product per capita in developing countries is attributable to the international transfer of technologies, via foreign direct investments.

Keywords: Foreign Direct Investments, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Patents Protection, Technological Transfer, TRIPs Agreement

JEL Classification: O33, L51

Suggested Citation

DiVita, Giuseppe, The TRIPS Agreement and Technological Innovation (July 9, 2010). Journal of Policy Modeling, Forthcoming, 5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Available at SSRN: or

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