Strengthening Intellectual Property Rights in Asia: Implications for Australia Journal Article uri icon



  • Asian developing economies are both the greatest target of pressure for stronger intellectual property rights (IPRs) and the region of most significant change. These countries have enacted numerous improvements in their laws. I discuss how higher standards might affect economic activity in East Asia and Australia and the importance of adopting mechanisms for ensuring that they promote effective competition.Stronger standards in the region could affect the Australian economy in a number of ways. More rapid Asian growth should increase the demand for Australian exports, perhaps by as much as $350 million per year. Further, Australian consumers could gain from imports of higher‐quality Asian products. Australian firms also have an emerging comparative advantage in supplying technologies, designs, and services to Asian partners.However, there may be some costs as well, including higher regional prices of protected products and additional competition for inward foreign direct investment. Thus, Australia would be advised to improve its attractiveness as a location for investors. Australia also has an interest in maintaining effective competition in its own market as IPRs are strengthened regionally. Australia could take a leading role in countering attempts by the United States and Europe to erect excessively protectionist new standards.

publication date

  • September 1, 1998

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • July 11, 2014 11:50 AM

Full Author List

  • Maskus K

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-900X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8454

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 346

end page

  • 361


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