International Protection of Intellectual Property

36 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2002

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Gene M. Grossman

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Edwin L.-C. Lai

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

We study the incentives that governments have to protect intellectual property in a trading world economy. We consider a world economy with ongoing innovation in two countries that differ in market size and in their capacities for innovation. After describing the determination of national patent policies in a non-cooperative regime of patent protection, we ask, Why is intellectual property better protected in the North than in the South? We also study international patent agreements by deriving the properties of an efficient global regime of patent protection and asking whether harmonization of patent policies is necessary or sufficient for global efficiency.

Keywords: Patents, Intellectual Property, Harmonization, TRIPs

JEL Classification: O34, F13

Suggested Citation

Grossman, Gene M. and Lai, Edwin L.-C., International Protection of Intellectual Property (May 2004). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 790. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=348105

Gene M. Grossman

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Edwin L.-C. Lai (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Economics ( email )

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