Innovation is key to the progress of economies that aim at being successful players in the global market. In this context, the encouragement and protection of intellectual property and a forward looking science and technology policy are essential. The various facets of intellectual property and of the science and technology policies necessary for its generation and utilization are studied by a group of experts both from NATO countries and CIS countries. A series of country-specific discussions of the problems confronting the transition from a centralized to a market economy is followed by a broad overview of outlooks, mechanisms and experiences in market economies, and by recommendations of necessary policies for participation in the global market.
From a September 1997 conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 17 papers and a summary focus on how the issues involved in intellectual property can facilitate the participation of former Soviet Union countries in the global market, and how an understanding of the situation concerning intellectual property in the NATO countries can provide useful examples and encourage investment in the new and newly capitalist countries. Among the topics are seeking new global linkages on science and technology policy, international telecommunications, the new system in Turkey, technology and patents to develop agriculture, and techniques for financing innovative agro-food projects in one Mediterranean region. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)