• Rami M. Olwan


Prior to the adoption of the Development Agenda by WIPO in 2007, there was little research and information to guide developing countries on how IP systems may be structured in a way that assists them at their particular stages of social and economic development. Much of the research on IP and development was outdated and uncritically favoured the adoption of IP systems in developing countries on the ground that doing so would automatically be conducive to their economic development. Such research has predominantly been produced by English-speaking commentators and approached the subject of IP and development from a theoretical perspective or an empirical viewpoint without adequately addressing historical and cultural factors. While focusing on the benefits that IP can bring to developing countries, the research neither addressed nor provided any effective guidance as to how developing countries can appropriately adapt IP laws to gain the greatest benefits having regard to their local circumstances.


Economic Development Foreign Direct Investment Development Agendum Local Circumstance Cultural Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rami M. Olwan
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  1. 1.Faculty of LawQueensland University of Technology (QUT)BrisbaneAustralia

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