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Integrating intellectual property rights and development policy : report of the commission on intellectual property rights

September 2002

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This detailed and thorough report considers whether and how intellectual property rights (IPRs) can play a role in achieving the Millenium Development Goals. It explores the potential benefits of IPRs in stimulating economic growth, and the associated benefits in terms of productivity and reduced poverty. It considers also the barriers that IPRs may present to developing economies, including discouraging invention, research, technology transfer, domestic production and driving up the costs of medicines and agricultural inputs. Key issues covered in successive chapters include: current evidence about the impact of IPRs in developing countries; development of and access to medicines; protection of plants and genetic resources; the Convention on Biological Diversity, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions and geographic indicators; copyright and patents; IPR legislation for developing countries; international and national institutional framework for IPRs

Are we not peasants too? Land rights and women's claims in India


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Explores the barriers and challenges to securing effective, enforceable land rights for women -- even in countries with progressive social movements and the appropriate legal reforms, such as India. Shows how this issue is central to improving rural women's economic status. Presents a range of strategies (eg re-directing micro-credit) to tackle these problems, and closes with a summary of how women are organising around this issue


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