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Title Boosting research and development capacity? Towards the protection of intellectual property rights in developing countries
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


Researchers in Colombia and six countries belonging to the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) have become better able to protect their intellectual property rights following the recent completion of a three-year project that was funded by the Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN) and coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). As part of the project an intellectual property (IP) ‘hub’ has been created in both regions to help protect, own and commercialise research findings through the use of patents and other types of IP. In separate, but related moves, WIPO member states have recently approved a new development-oriented agenda that places more emphasis on the IP needs of developing countries, and Angola has joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which allows participating countries to file international patents. What are the details of these initiatives? Which IP-related difficulties do developing countries face, and in which ways might the protection of IP rights help developing countries to achieve socio-economic progress?

Date 09/11/2007
Region(s) Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America
Countries Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Colombia
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Legal and/or Contractual

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