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Can TRIPs Deter Innovation? The Anticommons and Public Goods in Agricultural Research

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Rangnekar, Dwijen
Conference: Governance of Biodiversity as a Global Public Good: Bioprospection, Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge
Location: Centre de Philosophie du Droit, Université Catholique, Louvain, France
Conf. Date: February 5-6, 2004
Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5249
Sector: Agriculture
Global Commons
Information & Knowledge
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Subject(s): intellectual property rights
international trade
global commons
anticommons
public goods and bads
knowledge
innovation
agriculture
transaction costs
Abstract: "The paper begins by outlining the concept of an anticommons property regime and then presents the notion that knowledge is a local (quasi) public good. It with this conceptual foundation that the policy issue of an anticommons property regime in agricultural research is discussed. While the latter discussion in quite speculative, it focuses on three policy problems: access and consolidation within the industry, transaction costs and uncertainty, and orphan crops/regions and research capacity."

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