Global Intellectual Property Rights

Knowledge, Access and Development

  • Peter Drahos
  • Ruth Mayne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Peter Drahos
      Pages 1-9
  3. Innovation and Diffusion of Technology

  4. Development and Access to Technology: Genetics, Health, Agriculture, Education and Information Technology

  5. Knowledge and Access: Who Makes the Rules?

  6. Ownership of Knowledge: Changing the Rules

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-281

About this book


Intellectual property rights such as patents can reduce access to knowledge in genetics, health, agriculture, education and information technology, particularly for people in developing countries. Global Intellectual Property Rights shows how the new global rules of intellectual property have been the product of the strategic behaviour of multinationals, rather than democratic dialogue. The final section of the book suggests strategies aimed at developing more flexible standard for poor countries, and for keeping knowledge in the intellectual commons.


compliance information technology intellectual property TRIPS TRIPS Agreement

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Drahos
    • 1
  • Ruth Mayne
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Oxfam GBUK

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