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Professor Mark Perry


This thesis examines the policy perspectives related to technology transfer and the resulting implications on scientific research. The study seeks to answer whether domestic and international laws and policies support a developmental perspective towards scientific research and technology transfer. The study finds that while university policies, government policies as well as international treaties aim to achieve the adoption of a “developmental” model for technology transfer, the commercialization of resources or research through interaction with multinational companies does not necessarily lead to better access, products, revenue or increased innovation. On the contrary, it is argued that the “developmental” model makes room for an exploitative one, giving rise to problems in a variety of research situations from academic patenting to biopiracy. This thesis supports an open access model to attain the policy objectives o f greater use o f research, as well as furthering the goal o f “knowledge-sharing.”



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