FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2011 .059

Intellectual Property Rights and South-North Formation of Global Innovation Networks


Authors: Maria Comune, Alireza Naghavi, Giovanni Prarolo
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Giuseppe Sammarco
Keywords: Innovation, Intellectual property rights, Foreign patenting, R&D linkages, Southern innovation, ICT
JEL n.: F2, O1, O3

Abstract

This paper explores the role of IPR protection in the emergence of R&D linkages from newly emerging economies. Using data from a new survey on Chinese and Indian firms in the ICT sector, we find IPR protection to be key in the engagement of Southern firms in global innovation networks. A complementary exercise uses global bilateral patent data to investigate the location-specificity of IPR enforcement for this phenomenon. We find that a stringent IPR regime in the North (South) discourages (encourage) foreign patenting activities of firms in the South, suggesting that a global convergence of IPRs can stimulate Southern innovation.

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