Intellectual Property Rights And The Global South Essay

987 Words Oct 24th, 2016 4 Pages
The definition of Intellectual Property Rights is an invention created from a person or company’s idea which is then patented for the legal rights to the concept. The apex of the amalgamation of Intellectual Property Rights and the global south is during a September 1986 meeting with the GATT member states in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The Quad (United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan) wanted to push an idea during the eight round of discussions that, “to preserve as much as possible their agricultural protections, to protect their technological and scientific advantages, and to safeguard the well-being of Northern service providers who wanted to extend their reach into the rest of the world.” (Prashad, pg. 105) The G10 originally refused this offer due to a fear of dependence to the north. The north usually came prepared for opposition from the south with a large and experienced secretariat. But, in June of 1988 the south had created draft that basically restated the entire G10 position and brought to the light that governments of GATT had to bring their domestic laws in line with the new GATT rules. These new GATT rules essentially protected the intellectual properties of the north. The Intellectual Property Coalition wanted GATT to be the new standard, which in turn burn all hopes of reverse-engineering for the south. The south needed this reverse engineering from the North because they have spent a scarce amount of funds on the education and promotion of science and…

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