date, efforts have consisted mainly of propagating a Western cultural view of IPRs as broadly as possible. Some non-Western countries have voluntarily adopted Western-style IPR laws in the race to modernize, but the West cannot count on this continuing. The negotiating positions of Brazil and India in the GATT talks on IPRs prefigure this change. If the goal is a lasting and stable global order, nations must move beyond imposition or adoption of one particular country's model to reach a consensus about a model or variety of models that respect cultural differences.
Another broad question from the audience was whether the IPR legal system has to solve all resource allocation problems generated by new technology. The implication was that too much of a burden may be put on the IPR system, and concomitantly not enough emphasis on other areas of public policy, to deal with the economic issues arising from new technology. This question leads to the topic of Section VI, which attempts to put IPR issues in a global perspective.
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