Property, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice: Mapping the Next Frontier

Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal, 2015

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2736517

50 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016 Last revised: 14 Aug 2016

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Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: May 11, 2016

Abstract

Professor Joseph Singer’s property scholarship explores the human, cultural, social, and distributive dimensions of property law. Using his body of work as a springboard, this article explores the cross-currents flowing between intellectual property and social justice. Part I examines the limitations of tangible property theory as a frame for understanding intellectual property policy. Part II distinguishes between internal, largely utilitarian, analysis of particular modes of intellectual property protection and the external interplay of intellectual property systems and broader social justice concerns. Part III explores the macro interplay of intellectual property and inequality, gender and racial inclusion, and global justice challenges, highlighting complexities, tensions, and paradoxes.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Patent, Copyright, Trade Secret, Trademark, Social Justice

Suggested Citation

Menell, Peter S., Property, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice: Mapping the Next Frontier (May 11, 2016). Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal, 2015; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2736517. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2736517

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