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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.

Déjà Vu in the International Intellectual Property Regime
Déjà Vu in the International Intellectual Property Regime
Peter K. Yu
Introduction

In the international intellectual property regime, norm-setting activities take place in cycles. In October 2007, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the Development Agenda and its 45 recommendations for action. Based on these recommendations, WIPO introduced a wide variety of pro-development initiatives, ranging from technical assistance and capacity building to norm setting and public policy, and from technology transfer to assessment, evaluation and impact studies. Although considerable scepticism existed when the Development Agenda was proposed in October 2004, the Agenda has now earned the widespread support of the international community.

Notwithstanding this ground-breaking development, developed countries and their like-minded trading partners have ...

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