A nice piece in the New Yorker magazine.
Worth reading. It talks about why the US insists on other countries changing their policies towards Intellectual property (IP), and patents.
See just one paragraph from the article:
Why does the U.S. insist on these rules? Quite simply, American drug, software, and media companies are furious about the pirating of their products, and are eager to extend the monopolies that their patents and copyrights confer. These companies are the main advocates for such rules, and the big winners. The losers are often the citizens in developing countries, who find themselves subject to a Draconian I.P. regime that reduces access to new technologies.
and visit the New Yorker web site to read all of it.