Present Thinking About the Future of Intellectual Property: A Literature Review
Jeremy De Beer
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law
April 17, 2014
J de Beer, A Mogyoros & S Stidwill, “Present Thinking About the Future of Intellectual Property: A Literature Review”, (2014) SCRIPT-ed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society 11:1
This article presents the results of a systematic review and analysis of the way that “the future” is addressed in intellectual property literature. Iterative methodical searches in key databases of published materials and targeted reviews of grey literature revealed a limited number of relevant works pertaining to the future. These works were analysed and classified according to our original taxonomy, considering for example: whether the future was conceived as predictable or uncertain; whether the analysis was issue-specific, IP-categorical, or systemic; and whether the work considered legal, economic, technological, social, environmental, or ethical factors driving change. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the literature demonstrates very few works that consider multiple factors driving systemic changes in an uncertain future. The article describes and recommends the use of distinct research tools, specifically foresight and scenarios methods, capable of addressing this gap in our present thinking about the future of intellectual property.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Future, Foresight, Futures Studies, Literature Review
Date posted: April 19, 2014 ; Last revised: April 24, 2014
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