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Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order

Edited by Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa and Peter Drahos

The patent has emerged as a dominant force in 21st century economic policy. This book examines the impact of the BRICS and other emerging economies on the global patent framework and charts the phenomenal rise in the number of patents in some of these countries.

Chapter 4: Rethinking the patent system from the perspective of economics

Haiyang Zhang

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law, law and development


Pro-patent policy makers generally propagandize the patent system as an effective institution to stimulate innovation, facilitate technology dissemination, promote trade, and enhance competitiveness. However, by granting exclusive property rights, the patent system stimulates innovation, but it may also cause monopoly, which in turn results in the loss of social welfare and may impede the use and development of the patented technologies by others. Therefore, the overall role of the patent system in promoting economic development, especially for developing countries characterized by a generally low technology level, is rather ambiguous. Next, I briefly review the basic economic theories behind the patent system and the arguments for and against it put forward by many economists, followed by an introduction of some patent related economic studies and their implications for current patent institutions in developing countries. To conclude, I summarize some suggestions for policy makers in developing countries on designing and improving their patent institutions.

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