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International Intellectual Property Agreements as Agents of Sustainable Development of Developing Countries

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The paper examines the implication of International Intellectual Property (IP) laws and agreements on the sustainable development of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Developed Countries (DCs) and suggests approaches for improving the development and wellbeing of people in the developing world through national IP laws. The paper argues that generally international IP agreements may appear biased against developing countries and most DCs are reluctant to challenge the status quo and/or use the flexibilities of the international IP agreement to promote the wellbeing of their citizens. However, the article finds that LDCs and DCs could change this trend through the creative use of national IP laws and international agreements to promote the sustainable development of LDCs and DCs. The major instrument suggested for this shift in approach is the establishment of national IP administration institutions and the positive use of compulsory licences.

Affiliations: 1: African Higher Education and Research Observatory ; 2: University of Central Lancashire PrestonUnited Kingdom


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