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Stuart Macdonald

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241477.001.0001

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The Illusion of Order: Innovation and the Patent System

The Illusion of Order: Innovation and the Patent System

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Information for Innovation

Stuart Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses information as property, and all policies relating to it. The essence of intellectual property rights is the application of ownership to certain information, by placing on it copyrights, trademarks, or patents. The primary aim of the intellectual property system is to allow information to be treated like any other good or property. The patent is the best known instrument of the intellectual property system, and is the outcome of a bargain between the inventor and society by which society grants the inventor certain rights to his invention in return for the inventor's disclosure of whatever he invented. It is also seen that even if neither the inventor nor the society benefits form the invention itself, the patent system is scarcely concerned with innovation.

Keywords:   intellectual property rights, copyright, trademarks, patent system, information

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