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Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice

Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice

From Swords to Ploughshares

Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Lateef Mtima

In the Information Age, historically marginalized groups and developing nations continue to strive for socio-economic empowerment within the global community. Their ultimate success largely depends upon their ability to develop, protect, and exploit their greatest natural resource: intellectual property. Through an exploration of the techniques used in social entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice provides a framework by which historically marginalized communities and developing nations can cooperate with the developed world to establish a socially cohesive global intellectual property order. The knowledgeable contributors discuss, in four parts, topics surrounding entrepreneurship and empowerment, education and advocacy, engagement and activism and, finally, commencement.

Chapter 2: An entrepreneurship approach to achieving IP social justice

John R. Whitman

Subjects: business and management, social entrepreneurship, law - academic, intellectual property law, law and society


That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system. Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (1989/1971, p. xix) For the United States to survive and continue its economic leadership in the world, we must see entrepreneurship as our central comparative advantage. Nothing else can give us the necessary leverage. Carl Schramm, President of the Kauffman Foundation, quoted in Start-Up Nation (Senor and Singer, 2009, p. 19) Money (That’s What I Want). Barrett Strong, 1959

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