Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development: The Access to Knowledge Approach
20 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2009 Last revised: 5 Jun 2012
Date Written: April 21, 2009
Public discourse on IP often fails to ask the fundamental question: What is the purpose of intellectual property? The premise of this work is that intellectual property law exists to promote innovation and human development. First and foremost, IP policy must be judged by how well it advances - or frustrates - these goals. This introduction to the volume Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development offers an introduction to this approach to evaluating IP law.
Keywords: intellectual property, access to knowledge, development, Brazil, IP, copyright, patents
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