Adapting the intellectual property system to new technologies
Author: Barton, John H.
Source: International Journal of Technology Management, Volume 10, Numbers 2-3, May 1995 , pp. 151-172(22)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Consideration is given as to whether the system of protecting intellectual property rights is capable of adapting to the changes taking place in the new technologies. The paper uses biotechnology, computer software and computer databases as examples of fundamentally new technologies and describes the new issues posed by these technologies and reviews the approaches taken to adapt the intellectual property system in each case. It then evaluates the performance of this adaptation process, looking at three levels: the mechanisms for developing doctrine; the systems (e.g. patent offices) that grant intellectual property rights; and the formal systems (primarily courts) and informal systems (e.g. cross‐licences) that enforce intellectual property rights and shape their practical economic implementation. In a number of the areas, the analysis is international and comparative; the conclusions are intended to be international as well.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA 94305-8610. USA
Publication date: May 1, 1995