This book is concerned with the extent to which innovations should or should not be protected as intellectual property, and the implications this has upon the ability of local manufacturers to learn to innovate.
A question the book considers is how far legal protection should extend to inventions that may only just, or indeed not quite, meet the conventional criteria for patentability, in terms of the level of inventiveness. Innovation without Patents offers a thoughtful and empirically rich analysis of the current system in a number of developed and developing countries in the Asia-Pacific. It asks whether such innovations should remain free from patenting, or whether alternative intellectual property regimes should be offered in such cases, and indeed whether the requirements change depending on a country's level of development. This discussion is capped by a number of proposed policy options.
The theoretical and practical approaches to intellectual property rights, innovation and development policy formulation make Innovation without Patents accessible to academics, national and regional patent offices, national overseas development agencies, NGOs and patent attorneys.
Edited by Uma Suthersanen, Professor in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK and Kit Boey Chow, formerly of Singapore IP Academy, Singapore
Contents: Foreword PART I: INNOVATION, DEVELOPMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 1. Innovation and Development Graham Dutfield and Uma Suthersanen 2. Innovation and the Law of Intellectual Property Uma Suthersanen and Graham Dutfield 3. Utility Models and Other Alternatives to Patents Uma Suthersanen and Graham Dutfield 4. Policy Considerations for Governments Uma Suthersanen and Graham Dutfield PART II: HARNESSING MINOR INNOVATION: NATIONAL STUDIES 5. Singapore Kit Boey Chow, Kah Mun Leo and Susanna Leong 6. Australia Andrew Christie and Sarah Moritz 7. Japan and South Korea Graham Dutfield and Uma Suthersanen 8. China and Taiwan Kit Boey Chow, Kah Mun Leo, Susanna Leong with Jerry Hsiao 9. The ASEAN States Uma Suthersanen with Lim Heng Gee 10. Utility Models in Latin America Manuel Marquez PART III: DIVERSE PATHS TO AN INNOVATIVE FUTURE 11. Conclusions and Recommendations Uma Suthersanen and Graham Dutfield Index