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Intellectual Property and Innovation Protection

Book Description

This book analyses the various ways in which intellectual property (IP) operates in relation to innovation activity. It reflects on the “classical” issues of the IP system related to the necessity of protecting risky and often costly investments undertaken by firms and others players involved in the innovation process. Beyond this, it stresses the numerous challenges addressed by contemporary technological and societal change, especially in a world where the digital revolution is rapidly transforming the way in which innovation is organized. In this context, the new corporate IP and innovation practices call for responses on the part of public policies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Introduction
  5. 1 The Rationale of the System and the Diversity of the Forms of Protection
    1. 1.1. Going back to the origins and goals of intellectual property law
    2. 1.2. The formal tools of intellectual property law
    3. 1.3. Informal means of protection
  6. 2 How Companies Choose these Tools
    1. 2.1. The factors behind the choice to use these different tools
    2. 2.2. The microeconomic effectiveness of protection
  7. 3 How Effective is the System in Terms of Social Welfare? The Dimensions of the Problem
    1. 3.1. Intellectual property rights as a second-best solution
    2. 3.2. Looking for an effective patent
    3. 3.3. Several possibilities to best configure rights according to the general interest
  8. 4 How Companies Use Intellectual Property
    1. 4.1. Defensive strategy
    2. 4.2. Licensing strategy
    3. 4.3. Cooperative strategy
    4. 4.4. Movement strategy
  9. 5 What is the Contribution Made to Emerging Forms of Innovation?
    1. 5.1. The challenges of the digital world and the new forms of innovation
    2. 5.2. The risk of adverse effects in the recent development of the patent system
    3. 5.3. Two emblematic cases of considerable tension: biotechnologies and the software industry
  10. 6 The Main Trends of Intellectual Property Regimes
    1. 6.1. A reinforcement trend deriving mostly from America
    2. 6.2. A trend which is also present in Europe and Japan
    3. 6.3. Which multilateral framework should we consider, especially in relation to the needs of developing countries?
    4. 6.4. A reinforced copyright regime as well
  11. 7 A System that is the Victim of its own Success or an Anomaly that should be Remedied?
    1. 7.1. The escalation of trademarks, industrial design rights, copyright, counterfeiting and piracy
    2. 7.2. A multiplication of patents of mixed quality and occasionally with vague outlines
    3. 7.3. Increased pressure on the judicial system
    4. 7.4. A new reform movement from the United States: the backlash?
  12. 8 Overall Assessment and Conclusion
    1. 8.1. A possible lever for the countries’ economic growth through the incentive to innovate
    2. 8.2. A key factor for technology transfer and the dissemination of knowledge
    3. 8.3. A joint evolution on a sectorial level as well
    4. 8.4. Status quo, reform or abolition?
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index
  15. End User License Agreement