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The Least Developed Countries Report 2007: Intellectual Property and Innovation in Least Developed Countries: Pharmaceuticals, Agro-Processing and Textiles and RMG in Bangladesh

Gehl Sampath, P

January 2007

Institutions and incentives that promote learning and innovation-based activities in least developed countries are varied and important.

Innovations are generated through both formal and informal learning activities at the firm level rather than R&D, and are promoted extensively through linkages between various agents in the domestic knowledge system.

General literature on intellectual property and development acknowledges that certain features of the institutional framework in which learning and knowledge generation is embedded might limit the role of intellectual property rights in inducing innovation.

This is one of the first studies of its kind that analyses the process of learning and innovation in three sectors in Bangladesh, in order to generate evidence on this issue.