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Review of the TRIPS agreement: fostering the transfer of technology to developing countries

Carlos Correa presents a detailed analysis of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), examining the motives behind developing countries calling for a review of the agreement.

The report also discusses issues related to the implementation of the agreement and to the 'in-built agenda', and looks at the interface between TRIPS and the Convention on Biological Diversity and proposals for enhancing the transfer of technology to developing countries.

The author suggests the development of a comprehensive approach to address developing countries' concerns relating to transfer of technology, possibly including the review of various WTO agreements, and concludes that the improvement of conditions for access to and effective use of foreign technologies will require a broad approach beyond the TRIPs Agreement.

 

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