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Intellectual Property: Omnipresent, Distracting, Irrelevant?

William Cornish


Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are increasingly significant elements of economic policy: they are vital to developed countries in an age of global trade. Today's astounding new technologies, stemming from the digital and biotechnological revolutions are creating new problems. This book examines the major dilemmas that currently enmesh the subject: the omnipresent spread of IPRs across some recent technologies, the distraction caused by rights that achieve little of their intended purpose, and the seeming irrelevance of IPRs in the face of new technologies such as the internet. What IPRs a ... More

Keywords: intellectual property rights, economic policy, global trade, digital revolution, biotechnological revolution, internet, intellectual property policy

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Cornish, author
Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Cambridge

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