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Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Literature Review of Current Thinking About the Future of IP

Jeremy De Beer, University of Ottawa Common Law Section, and Alexandra Mogyoros, and Sean Stidwill, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, have published Present Thinking About the Future of Intellectual Property: A Literature Review, in 11 SCRIPT-ed -- (2014). Here is the abstract.

This article presents the results of a systematic review and analysis of the way that “the future” is addressed in intellectual property literature. Iterative methodical searches in key databases of published materials and targeted reviews of grey literature revealed a limited number of relevant works pertaining to the future. These works were analysed and classified according to our original taxonomy, considering for example: whether the future was conceived as predictable or uncertain; whether the analysis was issue-specific, IP-categorical, or systemic; and whether the work considered legal, economic, technological, social, environmental, or ethical factors driving change. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the literature demonstrates very few works that consider multiple factors driving systemic changes in an uncertain future. The article describes and recommends the use of distinct research tools, specifically foresight and scenarios methods, capable of addressing this gap in our present thinking about the future of intellectual property.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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