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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

Geographical Indications: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products
Geographical Indications: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products
Rosemary J. Coombe Sarah Ives Daniel Huizenga
Introduction

Geographical indications (GIs) are increasingly promoted as a means to protect the livelihoods of rural farmers and serve local and indigenous development needs. States, international institutions, NGOs and development agencies advocate the use of GI protections to promote a form of development that will ensure community security and environmental sustainability while safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. We situate the development of GIs historically and explore the political and economic conditions in which a renewed interest in the use of GIs for rural development and indigenous ...

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