Intellectual Property Rights, Development, and Catch Up: An International Comparative Study

Paperback | March 2, 2012

EditorHiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami

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For most countries, economic development involves a process of 'catching up' with leading countries at the time. This is never achieved solely by physical assets and labour alone: also needed are the accumulation of technological capabilities, educational attainment, entrepreneurship, and thedevelopment of the necessary institutional infrastructure. One element of this infrastructure is the regime of intellectual property rights (IPR), particularly patents. Patents may promote innovation and catch up, and they may foster formal technology transfer. Yet they may also prove to be barriersfor developing countries that intend to acquire technologies through imitation and reverse engineering. The current move to harmonize the IPR system internationally, such as the TRIPS agreement, may thus have unexpected consequences for developing countries. This book explores these issues through an in depth study of eleven countries ranging from early developers (the USA, the Nordic Countries, and Japan), and Post-World War II countries (Korea, Taiwan, Israel) to more recent emerging economies (Argentina, Brazil, China, India, and Thailand). With contributions from international experts on innovation systems, this book will be an invaluable resource for academics and policymakers in the fields of economic development, innovation studies and intellectual property laws.

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For most countries, economic development involves a process of 'catching up' with leading countries at the time. This is never achieved solely by physical assets and labour alone: also needed are the accumulation of technological capabilities, educational attainment, entrepreneurship, and thedevelopment of the necessary institutional i...

Hiroyuki Odagiri studied at Kyoto University (B.A.), Osaka University (M.A.) and Northwestern University (Ph.D.) and, since 1998, has been teaching at the Department of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. His fields of specialization are the theory of the firm, industrial organization, and economic studies of innovation. He has...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:March 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami, and Richard R. Nelson: IntroductionPart I: Early Developing Countries2. David C. Mowery: IPR and US Economic Catch-Up3. Kristine Bruland: Knowledge Flows and Catching-Up Industrialization in the Nordic Countries: The Roles of Patent Systems4. Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, and Atsushi Sunami: Catch-Up Process in Japan and the IPR SystemPart II: Post-World War II Developing Countries5. Keun Lee and Yee Kyoung Kim: IPR and Technological Catch-Up in Korea6. H. L. Wu, Y. C. Chiu, and T. L. Lee: IPRs Regime and Catch-Up: The Taiwanese Experience7. Meir Pugatch, Morris Teubal, and Odeda Zlotnick: Israel's High Tech Catch-Up Process: The Role of IPR and Other PoliciesPart III: Latin America8. Andres Lopez: Innovation and IPR in a Catch-Up-Falling-Behind Process: The Argentine Case9. Roberto Mazzoleni and Luciano Martins Costa Povoa: Accumulation of Technological Capabilities and Economic Development: Did Brazil's IPR Regime Matter?Part IV: Asia10. Lan Xue and Zheng Liang: Relationships between IPR and Technology Catch-Up: Some Evidences from China11. Bhaven N. Sampat: The Accumulation of Capabilities in Indian Pharmaceuticals and Software: The Roles that Patents Did (and Did Not) Play12. Patarapong Intarakamnerd and Peera Charoenporn: The Roles of IPR Regime on Thailand's Technological Catching-Up13. Hiroyuki Odagiri, Akira Goto, Atsushi Sunami, and Richard R. Nelson: Conclusion

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'...these essays are an important addition to the English-language literature on modern Japanese development. While they are of particular interest to readers looking for information on recent decades, many of the chapters relate to broader areas of concern. As such, the individual chaptersare likely to appeal to a wide audience of business historians. The publishers should be commended for bringing out another well-produced volume which brings the scholarship of some of Japan's leading scholars to a wider audience.' --Janet Hunter Business History. London School of Economics