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The Implementation GameThe TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries$
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Carolyn Deere

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550616.001.0001

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The Implementation Game and the Variation Puzzle

The Implementation Game and the Variation Puzzle

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The Implementation Game

Carolyn Deere (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter draws together my core arguments about the politics of TRIPS implementation. It summarizes my findings as to why so many countries went beyond TRIPS‐minimum requirements, while some countries did indeed use important flexibilities. In so doing, it considers the reasons why the extent of TRIPS‐plus reforms varied by issue, and why some TRIPS flexibilities were used more than others. Stepping back, it reviews the evolution of developing country perspectives on international IP protection, noting the fragmentation and consolidation of their views in the face of an increasingly complex global IP system. It also previews several of the emerging policy controversies and trends that shape ongoing debates about TRIPS implementation and related IP reforms. It concludes by distilling some practical implications for those working to promote IP‐related policies, laws, and institutions in developing countries advance development goals.

Keywords:   policy implications, developing countries, variation, global IP system, TRIPS implementation, TIRPS‐plus, TRIPS flexibilities, development, debate

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