Intellectual Property and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol. 14, pp. 238–264, 2011
24 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2012 Last revised: 2 Jan 2015
Date Written: November 18, 2012
The WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in Article 7 states that the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights 'should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare'. This article examines the developmental claims for intellectual property rights (IPRs) in least developed countries (LDCs) with a particular focus upon LDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Keywords: intellectual property, economic development, TRIPS agreeement
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