This book is a timely contribution to an important debate on the increased, changed or new scope of Intellectual Property Rights in the light of Contemporary Capitalism. How the expanded or pushed Intellectual Property Rights domain encourages an individual and corporate self-interest over community, and the consequences this has in the context of markets, competition, globalization, trade, corporate dominance is a central feature of this book. Focusing on evidence from sector studies as well as inter-disciplinary theory-perspectives, the book is relevant for policymakers, economists, business analysts, industrialists, managers, as well as researchers and students interested in IPR studies and related debates.
1. Introduction Birgitte Andersen 2. The Political Economy of Patent Policy Reform in the United States F.M. Scherer 3. Forgetting History is Not an Option: Intellectual Property, Public Policy and Economic Development in Context Christopher May and Susan Sell 4. The New Role and Status of IPRs in Contemporary Capitalism Benjamin Coriat 5. The Value of IPRs Christine Greenhalgh and Mark Rogers 6. The International Enclosure Movement Peter Yu 7. Information Society: Consequences of Expanding the Intellectual Property Domain Ed Steinmueller 8. Cultural Diversity in an Era of Corporate Dominance: A Clash of Rights Fiona Macmillan 9. Global Brands and Corporate Dominance in Consumer Goods Teresa da Silva Lopes 10. The Discovery of Invention: Gene Patents and the Question of Patentability Johanna Gibson 11. Looking at Vuitton: Negotiating Value and Price of Counterfeit Merchandise Gard Hopsdal Hansen and Henrik Kloppenborg Moeller 12. The Impact of Free Downloading and File Sharing on Music CD and MP3 Pay-markets Birgitte Andersen and Marion Frenz 13. A Note on IPR Policy Making in the Era of Contemporary Capitalism Zeljka Kozul-Wright