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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

IP and Development
IP and Development

The possibility of future economic, social and political development has long been an important factor governing why many in the global south joined international unions, organizations, and the like. With the establishment of the Group of 77 during the first United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the 1960s, developing countries sought to provide a counter-balance to the power the developed world brought to international negotiations by organizing collectively on issues of trade and development (www.g77.org/doc/). Given the fact that each sovereign nation, despite disparities in wealth and development, has an equal vote to those of the dominant Western powers, it became clear after the decolonizing efforts of the 1960s and 70s that the interests of the ...

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