Socially Responsible Corporate IP

35 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2019 Last revised: 7 Mar 2019

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J. Janewa OseiTutu

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2018


Many companies practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of their branding and public relations efforts. For example, as part of their CSR strategies, some companies adopt voluntary codes of conduct in an effort to respect human rights. This Article contemplates the application of CSR principles to trade-related intellectual property (IP). In theory, patent and copyright laws promote progress and innovation, which is why IP rights are beneficial for both IP owners and for the public. Trademark rights encourage businesses to maintain certain standards and allow consumers to make more efficient choices. Though IP rights are often discussed in relation to the value they provide for business purposes, trade-related IP can also promote human progress, including as it relates to health, education and culture. A CSR model for international intellectual property offers an additional strategy to support ongoing efforts to make IP-related trade agreements more sensitive to human needs.

Keywords: intellectual property, human rights, corporate social responsibility

Suggested Citation

OseiTutu, Julia Janewa, Socially Responsible Corporate IP (December 1, 2018). Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Vol. 2, No. 21, 2018; Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-01. Available at SSRN:

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