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2005 .018

Strategic Intellectual Property Rights Policy and North-South Technology Transfer


Authors: Alireza Naghavi
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano
Type: Journal
Keywords: Intellectual property rights,Technology transfer,Multinational firms,Foreign direct investment,North-South trade
JEL n.: O34,F23,F13,L13,O32,L11,O38
JEL: Review of World Economics
Pages: Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv. 143, pp 55-78
Date: 04/2007

Abstract

This paper analyzes welfare implications of protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) in the framework of TRIPS for developing countries (South) through its impact on innovation, market structure and technology transfer. In a North-South trade environment, the South sets its IPR policy strategically to manipulate multinationals’ decisions on innovation and location. Firms can protect their technology by exporting or risk spillovers by undertaking FDI to avoid tariffs. A stringent IPR regime is always optimal for the South as it triggers technology transfer by inducing FDI in less R&D-intensive industries and stimulates innovation by pushing multinationals to deter entry in high-technology sectors.

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