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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.

Parameters of Patent
Parameters of Patent

Patents are designed to provide intellectual property rights over ‘inventions’. This collection does not offer a single meaning of ‘invention’ in the sense that more detailed textbooks on IP law, and patent in particular, seek to do. However, the notion that a patent should be granted tends to follow a number of basic principles: that the supposed invention be original, non-obvious, useful and have a demonstrable mechanism. If these things were themselves obvious and without need for interpretation, this section would be much shorter than it is. A brief history of the development of patents introduces Susanna Leong’s chapter in this section. What each chapter in this section addresses are disputes in relation to both the parameters of patent ...

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