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Rhetorics of Power and Development: Intellectual Property Rights and The Pharmaceutical Industry in Brazil

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This paper examines the rise of an intellectual property (IP) rights discourse and highlights how it has been translated into national IP regimes. Recently, IP has become a polarizing concept, and attention has focused on questions that are overly narrow in scope. The characterization of the issue in simplistic dichotomous terms has ignored complex realities of developing countries. The case of Brazil is to highlights the complex ways in which the local pharmaceutical industry has been shaped by and has responded to the regulatory framework that has been established since and including the passage of the 1996 Industrial Property Law.

Affiliations: 1: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AG, UK;, Email:


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