The Implementation Game: The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property…

Paperback | July 16, 2011

byCarolyn Deere

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With the launch of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, its Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) emerged as a symbol of coercion in international economic relations. In the decade that followed, intellectual property became one of the mostcontentious topics of global policy debate. This book is the first full-length study of the politics surrounding what developing countries did to implement TRIPS and why. Based on a review of the evidence from 1995 to 2007, this book emphasises that developing countries exhibited considerable variation in their approach to TRIPS implementation. In particular, developing countries took varying degrees of advantage of the legal safeguards and options-commonly known asTRIPS 'flexibilities' - that the Agreement provides. To explain this variation, this book argues that TRIPS implementation must be understood as a complex political game played out among developing country governments and a range of stakeholders - developed countries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), andindustry groups. The contested nature of the TRIPS bargain spurred competing efforts to revise the terms of TRIPS and to influence global IP regulation more broadly. The intensity of the implementation game was amplified by an awareness among the various stakeholders that the IP reforms developingcountries pursued would influence these ongoing international negotiations. The book attributes the variation in TRIPS implementation to the interplay between these global IP debates, international power pressures, and political dynamics within developing countries. The book includes historicalanalysis, compilations of evidence, and analysis supported by examples from across the developing world. The Implementation Game will be of interest both to scholars of international relations, law, and international political economy as well as to policymakers, commentators, and activists engaged in debates on the global governance of intellectual property.

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With the launch of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, its Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) emerged as a symbol of coercion in international economic relations. In the decade that followed, intellectual property became one of the mostcontentious topics of global policy debate. This book...

Dr. Carolyn Deere is the Director of the Global Trade Governance Project at the Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford. She is also a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University's Centre for International Studies. Dr. Deere is the founder and Chair of the Board of Intellectual Property Watch - the leading n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Figures and TablesPrefaceList of Abbreviations1. The TRIPS Implementation Game: A Fight for Ideas2. Developing Countries in the Global IP System3. Variation in TRIPS Implementation (1995-2007)4. Post-TRIPS Tensions and Global IP Debates5. International Pressures on Developing Countries6. The Developing Country Dimension: How National Politics Mattered7. TRIPS Implementation in Francophone Africa8. The Implementation Game and the Variation PuzzleAppendicesBibliographyIndex