[IPLaw] 3/4&11 Properties, Rights & Legal Systems

Reading: Textbook ch.3-6

Pre-class Questions:

  • If copyright law and patent law are meant to protect creativity & innovation, why have developing countries, generally speaking, been halfhearted in copyright/patent protection?
  • What main differences do you find between IP rights and traditional property rights (in addition to what the textbook says in particular)? Why?
  • Why would nations rush to make IP treaties in late 19th century and late 20th century respectly?


[IPLaw] 2/25 Evolution and Overview

Pre-class Questions:

  • How could ancient civilizations (like China, Egypt, India etc.) flourish without something similar to modern IP protection regimes?
  • (A related–though technically out of scope for this course–question: is private property a necessity?)
  • What industry, profession, country … will likely suffer the most should the world decide to abolish patent, copyright, or trademark law all of a sudden? Why?