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The Intellectual Property Debate

Perspectives from Law, Economics and Political Economy

Edited by Meir Perez Pugatch

Intellectual property (IP) has become one of the most influential and controversial issues in today’s knowledge-based society. This challenging book exposes the reader to key issues at the heart of the public debate now taking place in the field of IP. It considers IP at the macro level where it affects many issues. These include: international trade policy, ownership of breakthrough technologies, foreign direct investment, innovation climates, public–private partnerships, competition rules and public health where it is strongly embedded in contemporary business decision making.
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Conclusion: Placing IPRs at the Heart of the Public Discourse

Meir Perez Pugatch


Meir Perez Pugatch One of the most straightforward conclusions of this book is that there is no single conclusion – at this point of time – on the current system of IPRs. Nor was it the intention of this book to suggest that there can be one single conclusion or one view or one approach that we should adopt when studying the field. On the contrary, if there is one thing that this book does suggest is that the debates and dispute surrounding the IP filed have not been narrowed or toned down over time, but rather the opposite. But this also means another very important thing: IPRs – even when not treated as such – have a very real and extensive effect on our lives, including those of us who are not familiar with the IP field. Regardless of the positive or negative views expressed in this book, the different contributors seem to suggest that IPRs touch upon many aspects of our lives, from the very basic elements to the most sophisticated ones. Evidently, IPRs have an impact on the foods that we eat, the medicines that we require and the entertainment that we consume. IPRs will have an effect on the availabilty of these products, their prices and their compositions. IPRs have become an inseparable part of our knowledge-based economies and the so-called information society. IPRs affect the way in which we evaluate, commercialize and utilize different knowledge products and informational services. IPRs are an important mechanism (some would add the term...

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