Intellectual Property Rights: Wrong for Developing Countries?

November 8th, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney

Podcasts from a summer seminar on Intellectual Property Rights and developing countries are now online. (Thanks to Puneet Kishor.) The panel discussion featured Science Commons‘ own John Wilbanks and Bruce Lehman, chairman of the International Intellectual Property Institute.

From Punkish:

“The seminar examined Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and their implications for developing countries. Proponents argue that IPR promotes economic growth in developing countries by providing incentives for innovation. However, opponents contend that IPR discourages information sharing and collaborative innovation fundamental to balancing society’s economic and social goals with the planet’s environmental limits. By presenting pros and cons of IPR and their effect on information sharing, the seminar provided a lively debate on whether intellectual property rights are wrong for sustainable development in developing countries.

Do IPR promote economic growth in developing countries? Do IPR promote sustainable environmental practices in developing countries? Do IPR promote better science and technology in developing countries? These and related issues were the topic of the seminar open to the public. […] “

The seminar was held on July 25, 2007 at the National Academies in Washington, DC, organized by the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Program 2007 Summer Fellows. The audio from the debate can be accessed here.

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