Intellectual property rights US Constitution TRIPs
William Kingston, "'Genius', 'Faction' and Rescuing Intellectual Property Rights" in Prometheus, 23, (1), 2005, pp 3 - 25
Prometheus 23 (1)
Intellectual property rights have been driven relentlessly towards a unitary system
for the entire world, originally through passive copying of flawed United States arrangements,
but more recently as a result of determined lobbying by American interests. But diversity and
competition have the same beneficial potential for institutions themselves as they have for the
economic development they can foster or hinder. A financial dimension in measuring grants,
protecting innovation directly, compulsory technical arbitration of disputes, and some positive
discrimination in favour of smaller firms could contribute to moving the balance back towards
the diversity in rights that other countries need.
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