Patent Regulatory and Institutional Mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Poku Adusei


The preceding chapters have informed us about the historical processes (and its inherent inequities) that led to the prevailing international patent system. The historically rooted marginalization of SSA countries and their citizens in the adoption and implementation of TRIPS pose a significant challenge to the functioning of the globalized patent regime and its domestic variations in SSA. In addition, the dominant economic rationale undergirding the globalized patent system promotes a one-size-fits-all system, which is a poor fit for the social conditions in SSA, and eventually contributes to impoverishing countries in SSA. These conclusions have been arrived at both by critiquing developments that led to TRIPS and by examining the theoretical justifications for patents. Today, those same power politics and the messianic assumptions that have served the economic interests of big pharma continue to shape the international patent system and its reflections in SSA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana

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