n Law, Democracy & Development - Indigenous peoples, corporate power and the knowledge economy : the law and politics of knowledge protection

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



This article examines the law and politics pertaining to (he protection of knowledge systems at the local and international level The last decade has seen greater moves towards the protection of information and knowledge systems at a global level The overriding concern is to create a homogenous regime for the protection of knowledge across the globe, The intellectual property (IP) law system is undoubtedly the dominant knowledge protection mechanism in the global system and the dominant legal normative in this area. The IP system has grown in significance with the advent of the Agreement on Trade Related Issues of Intellectual Property (the TRIPS Agreement), established under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation at Marrakesh in April 1994. The TRIPS Agreement has institutionalised minimum standards for the protection of intellectual property rights.

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