Intellectual Property & Technological Change

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NLIPW Trademark Law Volume 1 Number 5


(Intellectual Property & Technological Change)

May 19, 2013

Content Sources

  1. Economic Growth Center, Yale University – Center Discussion Paper No. 83
  2. Pubget
  3. African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
  4. Commission on Intellectual Property Rights

Does Intellectual Property Protection Spur Technological Change? Sunil Kanwar and Robert E. Evenson, Economic Growth Center, Yale University – Center Discussion Paper No. 83, June 2001

Utilizing cross-country panel data on Research & Development investment, patent protection and other country-specific characteristics spanning the period 1981-1990, this paper addresses the question whether more stringent protection of intellectual property encourages innovation. The paper concludes that intellectual property rights are incentives for spurring innovation. View full paper

Bridging the digital divide: booming or doomed? A study of digital inclusion projects in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nigeria by Dinusha Mendis

This paper looks at the concept of the ‘digital divide’ by way of introduction, before moving on to illustrate, through examples drawn from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nigeria, the manner in which steps have been taken to bridge the divide in these countries. Whilst it is important to bridge the digital divide so that everyone can have equal rights to development, education and freedom of expression this paper also questions the further implications which come with it. For example, do stringent intellectual property rights, particularly copyright laws act as a barrier to narrowing the digital divide? Furthermore even if developing countries manage to overcome these laws are the less-developed countries equipped to deal with such digital technology? Are the governments of these countries prepared to create the necessary laws to address the issues which arise from digital technology? Do they have the necessary legal infrastructure?

Intellectual Property Protection in Africa: Statutes of Laws, Research and Policy, Analysis in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda by George M. Sikoyo, Elvin Nyukuri and Judi W. Wakhungu, 2006

This study provides a synthesis of a five country reports aimed at identifying and exploring issues affecting the administration and enforcement of Intellectual Property in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. It incorporates the views and opinions of the participants to the regional workshop on Intellectual Property held in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2004. The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter one comprises the introduction, background to the study, synopsis of the problem, justification, methodology, scope and limitations of the study. Chapter two conceptualizes Intellectual Property, putting the study within context. Chapter three provides a synthesis of the findings of the study drawn from the country reports of the case study countries.  Chapter four provides an assessment of the basic the Intellectual Property needs in the African continent, makes recommendations and concludes based on the countries studied as well as the workshop outcome that the strategic linkage between innovations, Intellectual Property and economic  development have not been fully appreciated in these countries and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. View full study

Developing Countries and International Intellectual Property Standard-setting by Peter Drahos, Commission on Intellectual Property Rights

The report examines the extent to which developing countries influence outcomes in the international intellectual property standard-setting process. The report also briefly describes the impact of developing countries in the international standard-setting process pre-TRIPS. In preparing this report, more than 500 people were interviewed. The report concludes that developing countries have comparatively little influence and that as developing countries came to be influential within fora such as the World Intellectual Property Organization by virtue of their number, the United States embarked on a strategy of forum shifting. View full report

Trademark Law Reform in Nigeria: A Practitioner’s Note by Mark Mordi, Journal of Intellectual Property Maiden Edition, 2011

This paper reviews the provisions of the Nigerian Trade Marks Act of 1965, now part of the compilation in Cap T13 of the Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The paper identifies a number of challenges or problems encountered in the implementation of the provisions of the Act from a practitioner’s point of view and the shortcomings of the Act when compared with the current trend in legal regimes for trademark registration internationally and within the African region. View full paper


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