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This paper is premised on the debate on whether intellectual property protection furthers economic development in developing countries. One view is that more is better, arguing that intellectual property rights trigger research and technological advancement. The other view is that more means not better, but worse. Advocates of this view claim that developing countries, being "second comers" in a world where developed countries got a head start in development are confronted with rules imposed by the "first comers", intellectual property rules included, which are of course, designed by the latter to serve their interests

This note suggests two general approaches so that intellectual property protection could best serve Philippine developmental objectives. One is reducing compliance with the TRIPS to the barest minimum possible. Another is the formulation and implementation of laws and policies that would strengthen farmers' rights.

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May 2004