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Title: The compliance with intellectual property laws and their enforcement in Jordan : a post-WTO review & analysis
Author: Nesheiwat, Ferris K.
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines the implementation, enforcement and evolution of IP laws and regulations in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The period of interest includes the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty first century, with emphasis on the role played by Free Trade Agreements struck between Jordan and the United States, the European Union, and Jordan’s accession to the World Trade Organization. This thesis also examines the enforcement of the current set of IP laws in Jordan, and looks at their social and economic compatibility with the Jordanian societal norms and economic realities. This thesis argues that Jordanian IP laws lack a meaningful social and economic texture, and have failed to be evenly enforced in Jordan, essentially because they do not fit the Jordanian culture and are not compatible with Jordan’s economic stage of development. Additionally, the thesis argues that IP laws have had insignificant economic impact on the Jordanian economy as the majority of technologies used in Jordan, and the majority of foreign direct investments attracted to Jordan, are not IP related. Finally, the thesis argues that the current Jordanian enforcement model, which is built on coercion by donor countries, is serving the interests of foreign companies to the exclusion of the local citizens, and will not, in the long run, produce an enforcement model based on self-regulation by Jordanians, themselves. The laws, therefore, are unable to produce tangible results for the Jordanian people, or help meet their economic interests. The last part of the thesis deals with recommendations and suggestions aimed at creating an integrated approach to the adoption of IP policies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Jordan ; intellectual property ; compliance ; enforcement ; free trade agreement ; regional trade agreements ; WTO ; WIPO ; intellectual property rights ; socialization ; foreign aid ; capacity development ; social factors ; religious factors ; policy ; Jordan-US free trade agreement ; Jordan-EU association agreement ; TRIPS ; special 301 report ; patents ; copyright ; trademarks ; dispute settlement ; framing ; technology transfer ; coercion