Managing the Intellectual Property Sprawl

38 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2012

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Shubha Ghosh

Syracuse University College of Law

Date Written: July 11, 2012


This paper, prepared for a May 2012 workshop at University of San Diego Law School on the Law & Philosophy of Intellectual Property, uses Robert Merges' Justifying Intellectual Property to develop a field of Intellectual Property Use, modeled on Land Use. Framing the argument around the elements of Merges' book, the author explains that intellectual property law and policy has overlooked he interests of users in favor of those of owners. The author examines Lockean, Kantian and Rawlsian theories of IP ownership to identify how users' interests can be recognized. The article ends with what a user centered approach to intellectual property would look like and a conclusion that intellectual property management will be an important focus for intellectual property scholarship and practice in the future.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Property Theory, Law and Philosophy

JEL Classification: K2

Suggested Citation

Ghosh, Shubha, Managing the Intellectual Property Sprawl (July 11, 2012). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1200, Available at SSRN:

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