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May 25, 2007

Intellectual Property and EU's Promise to the Poor

The Financial Times, on May 24, 2007, published a leter (signed by a number of academics, including a colleague Josh Sarnoff) that calls attention to the impact of intellectual property regimes on poverty.  The letter, EU in danger of breaking its Promise to the Poor, concludes:

"If the EU really wants to keep its promise to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development, it should refrain from asking its poorer trade partners to adopt intellectual property standards that may retard rather than foster their social and economic improvement." 

Of course, an area of IP/Poverty convergence that is getting a lot of attention now is China's IP policies.  Bush for example at a press conference in a couple of sentences, also yesterday, pushed a US policy regarding China that includes both tighter IP protection and a push for China to become a country of spenders rather than a country of savers.  (Perhaps we should start saving instead...)

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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