Innovation and IPR Protection in the Digital Era: The Case of High Income Countries 1990 - 2005
Journal of Innovation Economics, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009
Posted: 7 Apr 2011
Date Written: November 4, 2009
This article considers innovation, intellectual assets and intellectual property rights (IPRs) since 1990, with particular regard to the high-income countries. It begins with a discussion of the changing nature of innovation and the increasing importance of intellectual assets, then continues with a discussion of IPRs and the incentives for innovation. It describes the strengthening of the international framework for patent rights. In the case of high-income countries, strengthened patent protection is found to have a positive association with the evolution of selected indicators for international economic flows and domestic innovation processes. In these countries, a number of complementary conditions may be present that facilitate the exploitation of IPRs, pointing to an area for further research.
Keywords: intellectual property rights, innovation, digital era, industrial countries, networks
JEL Classification: O31, O34, F43
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