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Global Change and Intellectual Property Agencies

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ISBN13: 9781855675322
ISBN: 1855675323
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text examines national and international intellectual property (IP) agencies in the light of global change and in context of their transformation from a long era of contented obscurity to that of increasing political and economic exposure and controversy. Taking a basic institutional perspective, the text examines the changes in relationships among four national and international IP agencies: the patent offices of the US, UK, Canada and Australia; the World Intellectual Property Office; the European Patent Office; and the World Trade Organization. Focusing on the 1990s, the book traces institutional changes that centre on the core trade-off in intellectual property policy between protection and dissemination of intellectual property. These are examined in relation to the two broad clusters of interests that operate around the protection versus dissemination functions. The former is dominated by big business and the IP professions and the latter by more dispersed interests.

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Global change and the core IP trade off - an introduction; national and international IP institutions - the core patent cycle of business and basic mandates; the evolution of intellectual property agencies in the 1990s; patents, the protection role and core IP interests; the IP dissemination roles and dispersed emerging interests; tradeamrks and IP institutions; copyright regulatory institutions; the emerging role of the WTO - trade-related IP and relations with WIPO.