Posted to the Ethnos Project by on November 3rd, 2013

Prepared by PIIPA’s global team of IP professionals and partners in human development, this book examines the social impact of intellectual  property laws as they relate to health, food security, education, new technologies, preservation of bio-cultural heritage, and contemporary challenges in promoting the arts. It explores how intellectual property frameworks could be better calibrated to meet socioeconomic needs in countries at different stages of development, with local contexts and culture in mind.

Scenarios for the future are discussed. A resource for policy-makers, stakeholders, non-profits, and students, this volume highlights alternative modes of innovation that are emerging to address such diverse challenges as neglected or resurgent diseases in developing countries and the harnessing of creative possibilities on the Internet. The chapters emphasize not only fair access by individuals and communities to intellectual property – protected material, whether a cure, a crop variety, clean technology, a textbook, or a tune – but also the enhancement of their own capabilities in cultural participation and innovation.

“This is the single best book so far on the rich interplay between intellectual property and human development. It should be a must-read for anyone wishing to be meaningfully engaged in the increasingly relevant debate on IP and development.” — Anatole Krattiger, Adjunct Professor, Cornell University and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


Contents and Overview (pdf)

Editors and Contributors (pdf)

Foreword, by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (pdf)

Preface, by Michael A. Gollin (pdf)

Acknowledgements [Donor and partner support] (pdf)


  1. Intellectual property through the lens of human development, by Tzen Wong (pdf)
  2. Intellectual property and medicine: Towards global health equity, by Claudia Chamas, Ben Prickril and Joshua D. Sarnoff (pdf)
  3. Food security and intellectual property rights: Finding the linkages, by Hans Morten Haugen, Manuel Ruiz Muller and Savita Mullapudi Narasimhan (pdf)
  4. Trends and scenarios in the legal protection of traditional knowledge, by Charles McManis and Yolanda Terán (pdf)
  5. Traditional cultural expressions: Preservation and innovation, by Tzen Wong and Claudia Fernandini (pdf)
  6. Copyright and capability for education: An approach ‘from below’, by Margaret Chon (pdf)
  7. Knowledge and education: Pro-access implications of new technologies, by Dalindyebo Shabalala (pdf)
  8. Cultural diversity and the arts: Contemporary challenges for copyright law, by Tzen Wong, Molly Torsen and Claudia Fernandini (pdf)
  9. Scenario planning on the future of intellectual property: Literature review and implications for human development, by Michael A. Gollin, Gwen Hinze and Tzen Wong (pdf)


Appendix A. Capability, opulence and utility (pdf)

Appendix B. Exploring alternative, collaborative models of innovation for medicines and vaccines (pdf)

Appendix C. Strategies and laws to promote traditional medicinal knowledge (pdf)

Appendix D. Educational use exceptions to copyright: A comparison among selected jurisdictions (pdf)

Appendix E. Copyright and contemporary art: A case study (pdf)

Acronyms and Abbreviations (pdf)

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