So, are the BRIC countries growing without IP. No. It is just that the IP is owned by the companies for whom they build in the countries to which they export, and not necessarily IP in those countries. So the statement that this countries are succeeding without IP is not only misleading, but wrong.
The comment regarding the Sylvain Ribault article also seems a bit off. The comment says that the Chinese are heading down the same bad path, but are not there yet. Yet, the Chinese have more patent applications and more IP litigation (by a factor of two) than the U.S. Headed down the same bad path? More like forging new paths. The article also proclaims several times that for innovators to be protected, IP protections need to be properly implemented.