Intellectual Property & Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century 2nd Edition

Intellectual Property & Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9789041126443
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Edition: 2
Publication Date: 2009-02-09
Number of pages: 236
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It is scarcely five years since the first edition of this book, a milestone in the strategy-oriented approach to intellectual property at the global level, appeared and was quickly and widely welcomed as virtually an intellectual property agenda for the 21st century. This second edition includes a judicious update of the original data and analysis in light of the significant movement forward that has taken place over the past few years in many of the critical areas that shape the competitive strategies in the use of IP Rights. The authors have lost none of their conviction of the necessity to enhance awareness of the techno-economic effects of intellectual property rights protection on enterprise competitiveness and national growth and development.

The book provides 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, emphasize the imperative of international competiveness 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 utilization of intellectual property assets; 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; strict enforcement of intellectual property rights; creating linkages between intellectual property stakeholders; and use of patent information for forecasting technology trends.

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, database protection, protection of plant varieties, design of integrated circuits, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Ultimately, however, this outstanding work's most important contribution lies in its vision of the organic corporation of governments, institutions, supranational organizations, 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, this new, updated edition of Intellectual Property and Competitive Strategies in the 21st Century will continue to be read and put to good use by business people, international lawyers, government officials, and interested academics in all parts of the world.

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