Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development

ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE IN EGYPT: NEW RESEARCH ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Lea B. Shaver, Nagla Rizk, eds., Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, USA, 2010

Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-48

243 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2010

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Lea Shaver

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Nagla Rizk

American University in Cairo - School of Business; American University in Cairo - Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D)

Abstract

The conventional wisdom in Egypt examines the issue of intellectual property solely as a question of policing and enforcement. The high levels of protection indicated by the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights are unquestioningly assumed to be desirable. Policy debates - and all too often academic ones as well - focus only on the questions of how to more efficiently tighten IP protection and crack down on piracy. Yet a more critical examination is urgently needed, whereby IP law, policy, and practice are viewed from a development perspective, rather than from an enforcement perspective.

This volume takes on this endeavor. It offers the first examination of IP issues in Egypt adopting a multidisciplinary bottom-up approach that aims at maximizing access and contribution to knowledge, and in turn, promoting development. Bringing rigorous empirical research to bear on unquestioned ideologies, the collaborating authors question the conventional wisdom that more IP protection is necessarily better for innovation and development.

Keywords: innovation, intellectual property, copyright, patents, patent law, development, economics, software, music, culture, technology, ICT, medicines, pharmaceuticals, right to health, access, knowledge, access to knowledge, Egypt, piracy, WIPO, WTO, law, policy, IP, TRIPS, open access, Internet, free c

JEL Classification: A00, F02, F13, I18, I30, K00, K21, K33, L86, O00, O32

Suggested Citation

Shaver, Lea Bishop and Rizk, Nagla, Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development. ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE IN EGYPT: NEW RESEARCH ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Lea B. Shaver, Nagla Rizk, eds., Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, USA, 2010; Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1729370

Lea Bishop Shaver (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Nagla Rizk

American University in Cairo - School of Business ( email )

American University Avenue
P.O. Box 74 New Cairo
Cairo, 11835
Egypt
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HOME PAGE: http://www1.aucegypt.edu/faculty/naglarzk/

American University in Cairo - Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) ( email )

AUC Avenue - P.O. Box 74
Cairo
Egypt

HOME PAGE: http://schools.aucegypt.edu/Business/A2K4D/Pages/default.aspx

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