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In their new book, Dr Miranda Forsyth and her co-author Professor Sue Farran consider the challenges of creating appropriate intellectual property frameworks in developing economies, focusing on small island states in the Pacific.
Drawing together policy considerations, theories of development and law and empirical studies, the book offers a competing model of intellectual property regulation to the usual Western framework, based on local conceptions of culture and indigenous understandings about use, knowledge and transfer of intangible property. This enables the weaving together of multiple regulatory strategies to facilitate knowledge transfer, stimulate and reward innovation, and protect rights over traditional knowledge in ways that have meaning and resonance for local populations.
The book encourages the exploration of non-state regulatory mechanisms, and suggests that culture and the protection of traditional knowledge should be at the heart of intellectual property policy. In addition, it advocates pragmatic incremental approach to intellectual property policy development, involving assessment of new IP laws in their local context and having regard to state capacities.
We are also very fortunate to have joining us Dr Ian Heath, Managing Consultant of First Thoughts and previously Director General of IP Australia, as well as RegNet’s Professor Peter Drahos, who will offer their expert views on Miranda’s and Sue’s book.
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