Notes on a Geography of Knowledge

48 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009 Last revised: 4 Jun 2010

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2009


Law and knowledge jointly occupy a metaphorical landscape. Understanding that landscape is essential to understanding the full complexity of knowledge law. This Article identifies some landmarks in that landscape, which it identifies as forms of legal practice: several recent cases involving intellectual property licenses, including the recent patent law decision in Quanta v. LG Electronics and the open source licensing decision in Jacobsen v. Katzer. The Article offers a preliminary framework for exploring the territories of knowledge practice in which those legal landmarks appear.

Keywords: copyright, patent, intellectual property licenses, exhaustion, first sale, implied license, formalism, functionalism, rhetoric, space, things

JEL Classification: K11, L17, L24, O34

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., Notes on a Geography of Knowledge (April 1, 2009). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 77, p. 2039, 2009, U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-09, Available at SSRN:

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