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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.
Part I: Foundations and Philosophies: Intellectual Property in a Global World
It could be said that intellectual property law has always been global, in the sense that the primary role of the nation-state has been to protect ‘our’ innovation and cultural creation from ‘theirs’. From the earliest copyright statute, the Statute of Anne, in part designed to protect the London booksellers from the pirates in Scotland, protection of intellectual property has implied a transnational perspective. Intellectual property has long been protected via international agreements, with the Berne and Paris Conventions being perhaps the most prominent. Its integration into the World Trade Organization (WTO) via the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Agreement firmly established intellectual property as an ...