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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.

TRIPS and Development
TRIPS and Development
Daniel Gervais
Introduction

This chapter examines available data and analyses concerning the impact of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on development. A liminary question that seems inescapable is the definition of ‘development’ in this context. A full answer would go well beyond the scope of the chapter, but it is worth pointing out that economic indicators do not tell the whole story. One could, for example, embrace the broader approach advocated inter alia by Amartya Sen:

It is simply not adequate to take as our basic objective just the maximization of income or wealth, which is, as Aristotle noted, ‘merely useful and for the sake of something else.’ For the same reason, ...

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