Patent Regime of South and Innovativeness of North

By Ruchi Sharma and Kaushal K. Saxena.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Implementation of TRIPs agreement by developing countries strengthens their patent protection. In this paper we explore an alternate channel of gain for developing countries from strong patent regime. We propose that South’s market size and patent rights affect innovative activity in North. We empirically verify these hypotheses by employing panel data of 46 developing countries for time period 1980-2000. Results show that developing countries can divert research resources concentrated in North to their requirements with strong patent rights. These countries, however, require being more open to international trade and technologically active to enjoy these gains.

Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, Developing Countries, WTO

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.93-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.239KB).

Dr. Ruchi Sharma

Economist, Department of Economics and Statistics, Tata Services Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

I am currently working as an economist with Department of Economics and Statistics of Tata Service Ltd. This paper is part of my doctoral dissertation that I submitted in June 2008 to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur under the supervision of Prof K.K.Saxena.

Prof. Kaushal K. Saxena

Professor of Economics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

I obtained Master’s and Ph.D. degree from Udaipur University, Udaipur and did a diploma course in Development and Planning from ISVE, Naples, Italy. I was awarded the Indo-USA Post Doctoral award from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and visited University for an year in 1984-85. I am teaching Economics to the undergraduate and postgraduate students of Economics for the last 30 years. Presently I am Professor of Economics at IIT Kanpur. I have supervised 12 Ph.D. thesis and worked for few research projects. My main areas of interests are Macroeconomics, Input-Output Economics and IPR.

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