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The importance of international technology transfer for economic
development can hardly be overstated. But the wide range of interests among
developed and developing countries has long been the cause of enormous
political obstacles to the conclusion of efficient international agreements
dealing with technology transfers.
This book provides a robust guideline to both policymakers and researchers
wishing to identify and categorize the factors that influence the process of
technology flows across national boundaries, as well as the economic theories
and legal arguments that may support a given position in international forums.
In particular, the work discusses how certain negotiation strategies may
optimally deal with such barriers and lead to more effective institutional
arrangements in the current global geography of technological development.
The book features a strong balance between legal and economic theories,
ranging from the analysis of judicial cases before the WTO Dispute Settlement
System, to the manipulation of complex econometric methods and statistical
tools. It covers and attempts to describe almost every relevant legal statute
on the subject, thus providing an essential technical tool for decision makers
and lawyers working in the field of international technology transfers, as
well as to students. Furthermore, given the increasing worldwide attention to
the negotiations taking place in the WTO, the book may serve as a valuable
source of argumentation for both developed and developing countries in the yet
unexplored relationship between foreign investments, technology licensing and
Acknowledgments. List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2.
The Current Scenario of International Transfers of Technology 3. The
Law and Economics of Intellectual Property in the International Market 4.
The Legal Structure of the International Regimes on Technology Transfers 5.
The Relationship between BITs and Multilateral IPR Agreements 6.
Conclusion Bibliography. List of International Cases and Disputes. List of
Treaties, Statutes and Other Official Documents. List of Figures and Tables.