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W&L’s Thakur-Wernz Publishes Article in Journal of Business Research The article examines the impact of a stronger intellectual property rights (IPR) regime through the adoption of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on innovation by Indian firms in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

cropped-600x400 W&L's Thakur-Wernz Publishes Article in Journal of Business ResearchProfessor Pooja Thakur-Wernz

Pooja Thakur-Wernz, assistant professor of business administration at Washington and Lee University, recently published a paper in the Journal of Business Research titled “Impact of Stronger Intellectual Property Rights Regime on Innovation: Evidence From De Alio Versus De Novo Indian Bio-Pharmaceutical Firms.”

The paper is co-authored by Christian Wernz, senior data scientist in the Department of Data Science at the University of Virginia Health System.

Regarding what inspired the research for the article, Thakur-Wernz stated, “India underwent a natural experiment in the 1990s, as the country moved from a weak intellectual property rights (IPR) regime to a stronger one under the TRIPS agreement. [In this article,] I look at how firms formed under the older IPR regime differ from firms created under the new regime in terms of their innovation performance.”

At W&L, Professor Thakur-Wernz’s research focuses on the impact of strategic choices made by firms on their international expansion and innovation-related activities. Her industry focus is on the global biopharmaceutical industry, and her country focus is India—her home country—which is one of the fastest-growing emerging economies. Her research has been published in many well-known strategic management and international business journals.

Professor Thakur-Wernz’s article is available to read and download at ScienceDirect.

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