Researching Social Justice Aspects of Intellectual Property
Researching Social Justice Aspects of Intellectual Property, in Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Research: Lenses, Methods, and Perspectives (Irene Calboli and Maria Lillà Montagnani, editors, Oxford University Press 2021)
11 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2021
Date Written: July 16, 2021
This chapter provides a brief introduction to intellectual property (IP) social justice theory and guidance on how to research social justice issues in IP. Included are tips for finding social justice issues in IP law and administration; a toolkit for addressing such issues; and examples of the process in use. IP social justice examines IP law and administration to determine rules and processes that adversely affect equality with particular focus on access to IP; inclusion in the benefits that flow from IP creation, use, and exploitation; and empowerment of marginalized groups within society who are not fully benefiting from both IP they have generated and use of IP created by others. This chapter provides tips on spotting and addressing IP social justice issues both with respect to implementation and with respect to normative aspects.
Keywords: social justice; marginalized groups; access; inclusion; empowerment; equality; inequality, liberty, human rights, economic liberty, equity, inequitable, transnational, social injustice, intellectual property, IP-SJ, legal research
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