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The Implementation Game: The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries

Carolyn Deere


In the 1990s, the fight between North and South over intellectual property (IP) reached new heights. The result was the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) deeply contested agreement on Trade‐Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Widely resented by developing countries, TRIPS nonetheless permits them some hard‐won flexibility. Puzzling, however, is why some developing countries have used that flexibility and others have not. Even more curious is that despite securing some extra concessions, many of the poorest countries have made least use of them. For scholars of internation ... More

Keywords: TRIPS, implementation, compliance, flexibilities, intellectual property, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), international political economy, law, developing countries, power, World Trade Organization (WTO), multinational companies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Deere, author
Director, Global Trade Governance Project, Global Economic Governance Programme, University College, Oxford
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