Intellectual Property Regime Evolution in China and India

Technological, Political and Social Drivers of Change


What is behind the changing attitudes towards intellectual property in India and China? This exploration of empirically-based research comparisons on the character of intellectual property systems found in these two countries, offers answers to three key questions: what are the drivers that have moved them towards a closer embrace of IP norms, how have domestic and systemic influences shaped the character of this embrace, and how have state and non-state actors interacted within the international system to promote this transformation? Focusing on the software and IT services industries, it illuminates the policy drivers that have influenced IP regime adoption, and helps our understanding the process by providing a clear framework of distinctive phases of technological, political and social development.

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Paul C. Irwin Crookes, PhD (2007) in International Studies, University of Cambridge, is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. His most recent research has explored the role and extent of innovation in fostering sustained development across Asia.
All those interested in debates about intellectual property and development, the rise of China and export-led growth, whilst its policy-centred analysis would appeal to both business and political readerships.