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Books about the future of Intellectual Property

. Books about the future of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Capital: Realizing Your Company's True Value by Finding Its Hidden Brainpower
by Leif Edvinsson, Michael S. Malone

In a corporate world where true value is no longer determined by physical assets alone, but instead by a combination of material and nonmaterial resources, businessman Leif Edvinsson and journalist Michael Malone propose a new way to bridge the gap between balance sheet and organizational reality. In Intellectual Capital: Realizing Your Company's True Value by Finding Its Hidden Brainpower, they explain why today's companies must take intangibles seriously--and how to measure them so they can.

Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Allied Rights
by William R. Cornish, David Llewelyn

The fifth edition of this text continues to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the whole spectrum of intellectual property law as it applies in the UK. It has been updated to reflect the rapid evolution of IP in recent years.

The Future of Ideas : The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
by Lawrence Lessig

If The Future of Ideas is bleak, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Author Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and keen observer of emerging technologies, makes a strong case that large corporations are staging an innovation-stifling power grab while we watch idly. The changes in copyright and other forms of intellectual property protection demanded by the media and software industries have the potential to choke off publicly held material, which Lessig sees as a kind of intellectual commons. He eloquently and persuasively decries this lopsided control of ideas and suggests practical solutions that consider the rights of both creators and consumers, while acknowledging the serious impact of new technologies on old ways of doing business. His proposals would let existing companies make money without using the tremendous advantages of incumbency to eliminate new killer apps before they can threaten the status quo. Readers who want a fair intellectual marketplace would do well to absorb the lessons in The Future of Ideas. - Rob Lightner

Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists
by Howard B. Rockman

An excellent text for clients to read before meeting with attorneys so they'll understand the fundamentals of patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, mask work, and unfair competition laws.

This is not a "do-it-yourself" manual but rather a ready reference tool for inventors or creators that will generate maximum efficiencies in obtaining, preserving and enforcing their intellectual property rights. It explains why they need to secure the services of IPR attorneys.

Coverage includes employment contracts, including the ability of engineers to take confidential and secret knowledge to a new job, shop rights and information to help an entrepreneur establish a non-conflicting enterprise when leaving their prior employment.
Sample forms of contracts, contract clauses, and points to consider before signing employment agreements are included.
Coverage of copyright, software protection, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as well as the procedural variances in international intellectual property laws and procedures.

The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law
by William M. Landes, Richard A. Posner

Intellectual property rights have undergone a significant expansion over the last half century, particularly since the Copyright Act of 1976. In The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law, William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner (AEI Press; July 1, 2004) attempt to explain this expansion of intellectual property rights, and how it could have coincided with the deregulation movement.

Should intellectual property be thought of as a form of regulation? Why did the movement for greater protection of intellectual property coincide with the deregulation movement?

Landes and Posner apply public-choice theory to the growth and character of intellectual property protection over the last half-century. The authors argue that public-choice theory alone cannot explain the coincidence of the deregulation movement and the rapid growth of intellectual property protection. Political forces and ideological currents associated with the deregulation movement, combined with interest-group pressures, best explain the increases in intellectual property protection since 1976.

The authors urge caution in equating intellectual property rights to physical property rights. They counsel skeptics of government to hesitate before extending a presumption of efficiency to a process by which government grants rights to exclude competition.

Intellectual Property Rights and Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of the Trips Agreement
by Donald G. Richards

This is an examination of the origins and impact of the agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) negotiated during the Uruguay Round of GATT talks. The principal theme is that the TRIPS agreement is not in the best interests of the poorer countries, and that its imposition on them by the richer countries has more to do with the exercise of political and economic power than with the positive economic benefits the agreement's supporters claim it can deliver. To support this assertion the book critically examines the economic evidence regarding the impact of intellectual property rights on such important variables as export performance, foreign investment, and economic growth. The author provides a political economic analysis of why the poorer countries acceded to the TRIPS agreement, illustrated with case studies of two important industries where the struggle over intellectual property is especially strong: pharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology sectors. Designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in international political economy and international relations theory, the book offer a radical view of the process of globalization.

Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity
by Siva Vaidhyanathan

"A fascinating journey through the cultural history of copyright law. Copyrights and Copywrongs is remarkably readable, mercifully free of legal jargon, and entertaining. It is also thoroughly researched and includes extensive notes and references. This text belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the ethics and development of copyright." - International Journal of Law and Information Technology

Intellectual Property and Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century
by Shahid Alikhan, Raghunath Mashelkar, R. A. Mashelkar

It is common knowledge that intellectual property rights lie at the hearth of the global economy. But in what way exactly? The literature in the fields has burgeoned dramatically in recent years, and we have a surfeit of work that either focuses on narrow aspects or sweeps over broad legal regimes from the perspectives of particulars stakeholders. Here for the first time is a panoramic but detailed view of the world s intellectual property system that embraces socioeconomic, cultural and technological development in its scope, clarifying the pitfalls and challenges that the system presents even as it promises to improve the quality of life on our planet.

The authors, both internationally respected and honoured for their work in elucidating the economic necessity of an intellectual property system that can inspire universal confidence, emphasise the imperative of international competitiveness in knowledge-based technology. In their orderly presentation of the key issues that promote the real benefits (not yet achieved) of a truly effective regime of intellectual property rights they discuss such factors as the following:

  • the use of intellectual property as an integral part of business strategy;
  • optimal utilisation of intellectual property assets;
  • the development of skills and competence to manage intellectual property rights at every level;
  • the incentives and rewards of fair play in the marketplace;
  • facilitation of widespread diffusion and adoption of the fruits of creativity and innovation;
  • the crucial role of small and medium enterprises;
  • the need at every level for deliberate incentive policies that encourage creativity and invention; and strict enforcement of intellectual property rights.

These issues and recommendations and more are all discussed in a framework that highlights each of the major areas of knowledge in which intellectual property rights are most insistently invoked today, such as the digital economy, e-commerce, Internet domain names, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Ultimately, however, this outstanding work s most important contribution lies in its vision of the organic cooperation of governments, institutions, supranational organisations, multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, and civil society as they collectively fashion a 21st Century in which creativity and innovation are enabled to convert knowledge into wealth and social good. For this reason, as well as for its richly detailed treatment of trends and current reality in the field, Intellectual Property and Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century will be read and put to good use by business people, international lawyers, government officials, and interested academics in all parts of the world.

Open Source Software Law
by Rod Dixon

Provides a broad introduction to the area of software licensing in the information age. Helps professionals and students to understand the basic philosophy and key issues of open source license. Explains the legal framework that has been developed to support the increasingly popular Internet-based open source and free software community.

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