Re-conceptualising the debate on intellectual property rights and economic development

Bryan Mercurio

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


Purpose: Evaluation of the approach to intellectual property rights numerous developing countries have taken in recent years. Attempt to raise awareness of the ‘flexibilities’ existing in the TRIPS Agreement which, if utilized, could go some way to maintaining the balance between intellectual property owners and users. Originality: One of the first papers to question the recent approach to intellectual property rights by developing countries, to call for a more nuanced approach to the governing domestic legal framework and to suggest potential ‘flexibilities’ to be exploited. Key literature/theoretical perspective: Primary documents and secondary materials / trade and development focus, attempting to balance owner and user rights. Design/methodology/approach: Literature review and qualitative interviews Findings: Significant ‘flexibilities’ exist in the TRIPS Agreement, but few developing countries are taking advantage of them in their domestic laws. Research limitations/implications: Inherent limitation is the funding required by developing countries to take advantage of the ‘flexibilities’. Further study of this issue is warranted. Practical and social implications: Raise awareness of the existing ‘flexibilities’ and potentially spark public policy debate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66
Number of pages1
JournalExpo 2011 Higher Degree Research : book of abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (7th : 2011) - Sydney
Duration: 10 Oct 201111 Oct 2011


  • intellectual property
  • international trade
  • TRIPS Agreement
  • economic development


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