An Alternative Framework for the Global Regulation of Intellectual Property Rights
Austrian Journal of Development Studies, No. 1, October 2005
33 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2005
The paper begins by advancing reasons for why freedom of design over property rights matters to countries. It shows that the international regime for intellectual property protection is increasingly circumscribing the freedom of developing countries to set efficient standards of protection for their economies. The bulk of the paper is devoted to elaborating a proposal for a new framework of intellectual property protection. This framework takes the form of a treaty on access to knowledge that is linked to human rights and that is driven by nodally constituted standard-setting committees that are committed to evidence-based standard-setting.
Keywords: intellectual property, access to knowledge, framework treaties
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