Intellectual property laws have become intricately entwined with discussions about globalization. This volume deals with the politics, economics and effects of global intellectual propertization. It provides essays covering key issues including the international relations of global intellectual propertization, the TRIPS Agreement and the tying of intellectual property issues to international trade negotiations, contentions that global intellectual propertization is a form of post-colonial neo-imperialism, globalization's effects on intellectual property law's classic doctrines and rationales and the cultural effects of global intellectual propertization.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Part I The Politics and Economics of Global Intellectual Propertization: The international relations of intellectual property, W.R. Cornish; Why IPRs are a global political issue, Christopher May; The economics of intellectual property rights and the GATT: a view from the South, Carlos Alberto Primo Braga. Part II Trade-Linked Intellectual Property Negotiations: Lateralisms and TRIPs: Battle of lateralisms: intellectual property and trade, Robert P. Merges; Industry strategies for intellectual property and trade: the quest for TRIPS, and post-TRIPS strategies, Susan K. Sell; BITs and BIPs: bilateralism in intellectual property, Peter Drahos. Part III Neo-Imperialism? Global Intellectual Propertization in a Post-Colonial Age: The global intellectual property system and sub-Saharan Africa: a prognostic reflection, Adebambo Adewopo; North-South disputes over the protection of intellectual property, R. Stephen Richardson and James D. Gaisford; TRIPS - natural rights and 'a polite form of economic imperialism', A. Samuel Oddi; Neocolonialism, anticommons property, and biopiracy in the (not-so-brave) new world order, Keith Aoki. Part IV Globalization's Effects on Intellectual Property Law's Classic Doctrines and Rationales: The integration of international and domestic intellectual property lawmaking, Graeme B. Dinwoodie; A long strange TRIPS: the pharmaceutical industry drive to harmonize global intellectual property rules, and the remaining WTO legal alternatives available to third world countries, Robert Weissman; Harmonization and the goals of copyright: property rights or cultural progress?, Kenneth D. Crews; The globalization of private knowledge goods and the privatization of global public goods, Keith E. Maskus and Jerome H. Reichman. Part V Beyond Law: Cultural Effects of Global Intellectual Propertization: The impact of foreign investment on indigenous culture: an intellectual property perspective, Doris Estelle Long; Ha