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SingaporeJournalofInternational&ComparativeLaw(2003)7pp315–385TheInternationalRelationsofIntellectualProperty:NarrativesofDevelopingCountryParticipationintheGlobalIntellectualPropertySystemRuthL.Okediji∗IntroductionTheprotectionofintellectualpropertyrightsindevelopingcoun-trieshasbeenproblematicsincethegenesisoftheinternationalsysteminthenineteenthcentury.1FromthemomentaselectgroupofEuropeancountriesconcludedamultilateralagreementforthe∗WilliamL.ProsserProfessorofLaw,UniversityofMinnesotaLawSchool.ThisarticleisdedicatedtoThioLi-ann,friend,scholarandtrustedfellowtraveleronthestraightandnarrowway.Phil.3:10.IamindebtedtoMaryRumseyforfaithfulandoutstandingresearchassistance;DavidZopfi-JordanandhisstaffattheUniversityofMinnesotaLawLibraryforresearchsupport;TomasFelcman,LarryHelfer,DavidWeissbrodtandAleatraWilliamsforhelpfulcommentsandassistancewithearlierdraftsofthisarticle.1Thetwoprincipalinternationaltreatiesforintellectualpropertyprotectionwerecon-cludedin1883and1886respectively.Althoughb...