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Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small Island Developing States

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sue Farran


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There is considerable pressure on Small Island Developing States globally to introduce or to strengthen intellectual property regimes. This pressure comes in a number of forms, including bilateral and multilateral Free Trade Agreement negotiations and development assistance programmes such as those of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The aim of this book is to offer a competing model of intellectual property policy using the Pacific Islands as a case study. This competing model is one based on local conceptions of culture and indigenous understandings about use, knowledge and transfer of intangible property. Adopting such a base as a starting point will enable the weaving together of multiple regulatory strategies to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, stimulate and reward innovation and creativity, and protect rights over traditional knowledge in ways that have meaning and resonance for local populations. Elements of western intellectual property frameworks can also form important strands in intellectual property policies. However, these elements should be incorporated, and possibly reinterpreted, within the local framework.

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Author(s): Forsyth M, Farran S

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2015

Number of Pages: 280

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Intersentia

Place Published: Cambridge

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781780682259