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Soft InnovationEconomics, Product Aesthetics, and the Creative Industries$
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Paul Stoneman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572489.001.0001

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Soft Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, and Welfare

Soft Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, and Welfare

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Soft Innovation

Paul Stoneman

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of intellectual property rights in the process of soft innovation, and the extent to which the standard analysis is appropriate and can provide insight or requires modification. Analysis usually applied to patents is extended to copyrights, trade marks and design rights. The functioning of the UK (and European) IPR system is also discussed, as is the benefit of contestable markets.

Keywords:   contestability, copyrights, design rights, patents, trade marks, IPR, welfare

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