Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 13–20 | Cite as

The growing complexity of international policy in intellectual property

  • Francis Gurry


Intellectual property has historically been a self-contained policy at the international level. With the introduction of the TRIPs Agreement in 1994 and developments since the conclusion of the TRIPs Agreement, the relationship between intellectual property policy and other areas of public policy has become much more complex and interactive. This shift reflects the centrality of intellectual property in the knowledge economy, the rapid development of enabling technologies, notably the Internet and biotechnology, and the advent of the networked society. The consequences of this shift are manifold and herald the increased sophistication and complexity that may be expected of intellectual property regimes in the knowledge economy.


intellectual property patent protection international intellectual property policy TRIPs Agreement knowledge economy 


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© Opragen Publications 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)Geneva 20Switzerland

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