To Serve and Protect: The Challenge for Intellectual Property Law

TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION - TECHNOLOGIE ET CONCURRENCE: CONTRIBUTIONS IN HONOUR OF HANNS ULLRICH, p. 379, Laurence Boy, Josef Drexel, Christine Godt, Reto Hilty & Bernard Remiche, eds., Larcier, Brussels, 2009

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David Vaver

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper, based on a presentation in 2009 to the International Law Discussion Group at Chatham House, London (UK), considers the movement for harmonizing intellectual property laws and addresses some structural problems that need to be overcome before that goal is attempted. Its theme is that there is little point in striving to harmonize before one has a set of concordant rules and principles that can be generally agreed upon and endorsed. We are far from that condition yet. The paper examines some basic trends in intellectual property law, taking various US and EU reforms and reform proposals as illustrations. The questions it considers are: Is the public being well served by these laws? Is it paying too much for what it is getting?

Keywords: International Law Discussion Group, harmonize intellectual property law, international intellectual property law, international principles for intellectual property law, trends in intellectual property law, reforms in IP law, EU reforms in IP law, IP law and public service, cost of Intellectual prop

JEL Classification: O34, O32, 038

Suggested Citation

Vaver, David, To Serve and Protect: The Challenge for Intellectual Property Law (2009). TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION - TECHNOLOGIE ET CONCURRENCE: CONTRIBUTIONS IN HONOUR OF HANNS ULLRICH, p. 379, Laurence Boy, Josef Drexel, Christine Godt, Reto Hilty & Bernard Remiche, eds., Larcier, Brussels, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1879246

David Vaver (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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