Themes and prospects for intellectual property law reform

Christopher Arup*, William van Caenegem

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This state-of-the-art study argues that reforms to intellectual property (IP) should be based on the ways IP is interacting with new technologies, business models, work patterns and social mores. It identifies emerging IP reform proposals and experiments, indicating first how more rigor and independence can be built into the grant of IP rights so that genuine innovations are recognised. The original contributions then show how IP rights can be utilised, through open source licensing systems and private transfers, to disseminate knowledge. Reforms are recommended. The discussion takes in patents, copyright, trade secrets and relational obligations, considering the design of legislative directives, default principles, administrative practices, contractual terms and licence specifications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntellectual Property Policy Reform
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation and Development
EditorsChristopher Arup, William van Caenegem
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781848441637
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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Arup, C., & van Caenegem, W. (2009). Themes and prospects for intellectual property law reform. In C. Arup, & W. van Caenegem (Eds.), Intellectual Property Policy Reform: Fostering Innovation and Development (pp. 1-7). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.