The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law
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Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law by William M. Landes
Book DescriptionThis work takes a fresh look at the most dynamic area of American law today, comprising the fields of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrecy, publicity rights, and misappropriation. Topics range from copyright in private letters to defensive patenting of business methods, from moral rights in the visual arts to the banking of trademarks, from the impact of the court of patent appeals to the management of Mickey Mouse. The history and political science of intellectual property law, the challenge of digitization, the many statutes and judge-made doctrines, and the interplay with antitrust principles are all examined. The treatment is both positive (oriented toward understanding the law as it is) and normative (oriented to the reform of the law). The book demonstrates the fundamental economic rationality of intellectual property law but is sympathetic to critics who believe that in recent decades Congress and the courts have gone too far in the creation and protection of intellectual property rights.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674012042
(235mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - William M. Landes
William M. Landes is the Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
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