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Prioritising Human Development in African Intellectual Property Law
W.I.P.O. Journal (2016)
  • Janewa Osei Tutu
The global intellectual property structure has been criticised for requiring developing nations to adopt
intellectual property standards that are appropriate for industrialised countries. Some commentators have
observed that industrialised nations, such as the United States, developed their economies by borrowing
from others, but that through the use of globalised intellectual property standards, they have effectively
limited other nations from doing the same. This article does not aim to revisit the question of the suitability
of the existing intellectual property standards for developing countries. Nor does it seek to analyse whether,
as a general proposition, intellectual property rights should be expanded or reduced in developing nations.
Rather, the objective is to consider how, taking into consideration their existing international obligations,
African countries can implement intellectual property laws that work for their citizens and that align with
their development priorities.
  • Intellectual Property,
  • International Intellectual Property,
  • Human Development,
  • Human Rights
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Citation Information
Janewa Osei Tutu. "Prioritising Human Development in African Intellectual Property Law" W.I.P.O. Journal Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 1 - 33
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