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Marc-André Gagnon

TRIPS and Pharmaceuticals ; Inquiry into the Foundations of the International Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights

octobre 2002

The XXIth century is auguring a world where production has shifted
literally from ’hardware’ to ’software’. This new economy brings in
new realities that are difficult to cope with using the traditional tools
provided by political economy. One of these new realities is the
importance intellectual property has taken as a form of capitalized
value. Since it is taken for granted that the market provides the
optimal allocation of scarce resources, it is considered that by
commodifying ideas and knowledge, the market will permit the same
optimal allocation. (suite dans le document joint)