International protection of intellectual property and parallel imports


Student thesis: Master's Thesis

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  • Wai Ho HO

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  • Lun Cheung Edwin LAI (Supervisor)
Award date3 Oct 2005


This thesis examines government incentive to protect intellectual property and to allow parallel trade in an open economy. We study two cases of parallel im- ports: parallel imports exist at i) wholesale and ii) retail level. In the game, the governments choose their policies simultaneously and non-cooperatively. We find that regardless of the form of parallel imports, liberalizing parallel imports in the North will lower the incentive of the Southern government but raise that of the Northern government to provide intellectual property protection. Also, we show that to a welfare maximizing government, tightening parallel import is substitutable to strengthening intellectual property rights protection. Keywords: Intellectual property protection, Parallel Imports

    Research areas

  • Gray market, Intellectual property (International law)