Balancing IPR and Sustainable Development: A Delicate Equation

  • Divyanshi Dwivedi and Dr. Ramakant Tripathi
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  • Divyanshi Dwivedi

    Student at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

  • Dr. Ramakant Tripathi

    Assistant Professor at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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The intersection of intellectual property (IP) rights and sustainable development goals (SDGs) forms a dynamic landscape with far-reaching implications for global progress. This article explores the symbiotic relationship between IP rights and SDGs, shedding light on how effective IP management can facilitate the realization of sustainable development objectives. Through a comprehensive review of literature and real-world examples, this piece underscores the significance of striking a balance between IP protection and the accessibility of essential technologies, medicines, and innovations. The article delves into the role of IP rights in fostering innovation, incentivizing creativity, and stimulating economic growth while emphasizing the need for safeguards to prevent monopolistic practices that might hinder equitable access. Additionally, it examines the role of IP in promoting green technologies, clean energy solutions, and biodiversity conservation, all of which are pivotal to various SDGs. By analysing case studies from diverse sectors, the article highlights instances where IP rights have acted as enablers, as well as situations in which rigid IP regimes have posed challenges to achieving sustainable development. Through this exploration, a nuanced understanding of the intricate relationship between IP rights and SDGs emerges, offering insights into policy measures that can optimize the positive impact of IP on sustainable development. In conclusion, this article underscores the multifaceted role of IP rights in advancing sustainable development goals. It advocates for a balanced approach that ensures both protection and accessibility, recognizing that a well-crafted IP framework can be a powerful catalyst for global progress while safeguarding the principles of inclusivity and fairness.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 3806 - 3818


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