This lecture in Essex Business School's Dean's Series is presented by Professor Suma Athreye. In this talk, she explores the consequences of the forced harmonisation of patent policies and reviews the key issues in the domestic politics around their implementation, as the new rules migrate from the international to national levels.
Patents are an important method of protecting technological goods and services, not to mention an important facilitator of transactions around technology, such as licensing and foreign investment. However since the signing of the TRIPS agreement in 1986, patent polices are increasingly being harmonised, often in directions not in the national interest.
Join Suma Athreye, Professor of Technology Strategy at Essex Business School, for this short lecture entitled Intellectual property management and 25 years of TRIPS.
Professor Athreye explores how the signing of the TRIPS agreement (The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) has led to patent policies becoming increasingly harmonised, often against the national interest. She explains the consequences of this forced harmonisation and reviews the key issues in the domestic politics of implementation, as the new rules migrate from the international to national levels.
Suma Athreye is Professor of Technology Strategy at Essex Business School. Her main research interests lie in the fields of economics of innovation or technology management and international economics or international management. Suma has published over 50 papers on these subjects and won several research grants for work in these areas. She is Area Editor of the Journal of International Business and Policy and serves on the Editorial Board of the academic journals Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development and Multinational Business Review.
In recognition of the academic and social impact of her research, Suma has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (FRSA) and the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in the UK.
The Dean’s Lecture Series presents the latest business research from staff at Essex Business School and practitioners working in a variety of corporate and public sector organisations. Each lecture explores key aspects of specific research fields, such as sustainability in business, financial management, social entrepreneurship.