Why do developing countries adopt and enforce developmentally detrimental intellectual property rights? We answer the question by examining cross-national and longitudinal variation in intellectual property protection (IPP) in the realm of software. We find that membership in the World Trade Organization and bilateral pressures from the United States exercise a significant impact on the degree of IPP net of other factors and thereby bring world-sytemic factors back into a debate which has previously occurred primarily at the national level.
The following is a letter written by Alberto Cerda Silva, a Research Associate of Knowledge Ecology International, to Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, regarding the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations.
This article continues the author's contributions on the subject of intellectual property protection in developing countries, and focuses on how those developing countries with growing technological prowess should accommodate their own national systems of innovation to the worldwide intellectual property regime emerging in the post-TRIPS period, with a view to maximizing global economic welfare in the foreseeable future.