Sociology Index

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights and laws encourage and protect works of the intellect. TRIPS dictated how states should regulate the protection of intellectual property. TRIPS resulted from lobbying by powerful multinational corporations who wished to mould international law to protect their markets. The report by the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure of the National Research Council, The Digital Dilemma, Intellectual Property in the Information Age (2000) recognized that given the multitude of possible IP business models, legal mechanisms and technical protection services, a one-size-fits-all solution to the dilemma would be too rigid.

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Trade Mark Law protects words, phrases and symbols that identify goods and services.

Copyright Law protects "original forms of expression" including a poem or musical score.

Patent Law protects "original inventions and processes" including genetically engineered life forms.

Domain Name Disputes arise when cybersquatters register domain names similar to trademarks.

Designs Law protects novel or original design. Industrial designs are also intellectual property.

Trade Secrets Law protects information, including a formula, method and marketing strategies.

Traditional Knowledge The traditions, customs and practices of indigenous, or local communities.

Fair Use allows the public to copy works without having to ask permission or pay licensing fees.

Geographical Indications to identify goods originating from a definite territory.

Plant Varieties Laws to protect “plant varieties” as an Intellectual Property Right.

Database Rights A sui generis right to provide greater protection to collections of information.

Mask Work intellectual property right conferring time-limited exclusivity to reproduction of a particular layout.

Moral Rights distinct from any economic rights tied to copyright, like the right to the integrity of the work.

Right of Publicity protects celebrities’ interests in their images and identities.

Intellectual Property Case Law

Intellectual Property Rights Books

International Copyright by Paul Goldstein and Bernt Hugenholtz.

Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates by Adrian Johns.

Intellectual Property Protection: Making Sure You Get Paid For Your Ideas by D.P. Brown - Intellectual property protection issues.

The Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture by Jessica Reyman.

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle - Intellectual property rights mark out the ground rules of the information society.

EU Digital Copyright Law and the End-User by Giuseppe Mazziotti.

Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use by Steve Westbrook.

Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference Richard Stim.

Intellectual Property, Cases and Materials on Trademark, Copyright and Patent Law, 2d, 2010 Supplement by Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, Katherine J. Strandburg, and Diane L. Zimmerman

Intellectual Property and Human Rights: A Paradox by Willem Grosheide.

Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Allied Rights by William Cornish, David Llewelyn, and Tanya Aplin

Intellectual Property Protection of Fact-based Works: Copyright and Its Alternatives by Robert F. Brauneis.

The Instant Impact of Apple, Inc. V. Pystar Corp. (N.d. Cal. Nov. 13, 2009) on Copyright Infringement, Distribution Rights, and the First-sale Doctrine for Ip Lawyers by Michael Hobbs

A Defense of Intellectual Property Rights by Richard Spinello and Maria Bottis.

Intellectual Property Policy Reform: Fostering Innovation and Development by Christopher Arup and William Van Caenege

Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property) by Toshiko Takenaka.

Intellectual property abuses: how should multinationals respond? - Long range planning

Intellectual property and development: lessons from recent economic research - by Carsten Fink and Keith E. Maskus.

A dilemma for developing countries in intellectual property strategy? Lessons from a case study of software piracy and Microsoft in China - Science & public policy.

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