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Intellectual Property and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol. 14, pp. 238–264, 2011

UWA Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2012-13

24 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2012 Last revised: 2 Jan 2015

Michael Blakeney

University of Western Australia - School of Law

Getachew Mengistie Alemu

Independent

Date Written: November 18, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Blakeney, Michael and Alemu, Getachew Mengistie, Intellectual Property and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (November 18, 2012). The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol. 14, pp. 238–264, 2011; UWA Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2012-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2177446

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