The Implementation Game by Caroline Deere – A book review

The Implementation game – The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Politics of Intellectual Property Reform in Developing Countries by Carolyn Deere is an analysis of how different developing countries implemented their TRIPS agreements. A nicely bound, 342 page book with 68 pages of biography, this is a library reference work in every sense of the word.

The book is a thorough analysis of an important topic. The subject matter is, however, somewhat dry, and my first impressions were that whereas no Law, International Relations or Economics library should be without it, few busy patent practitioners would find a book about implementation and enforcement in the third world sufficiently pressing to read the material.

Pharmaceutical companies, do, however, file very widely. Recently, I have had cause to advise one of my ethical drug developing clients. To be able to select a Latin American or African country and to find relevant information fully indexed and accessible, of developments from 1995 to 2007  in a single volume was very useful.

The book retails at a mere $80 which is rather less than an hour’s consulting for a patent attorney working with pharmaceutical companies. Tremendous value and I am only sorry that it has taken me so long to post this review.

What is particularly nice is that the book does not take sides between the IP developing West and the developing countries. Refreshingly, it analyses without moralizing.

ISBN13: 978-0-19-955061-6

ISBN10: 0-19-955061-1,  published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

Categories: Academia, book review, World Trade Organization, WTO

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