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Politics of Intellectual Property: Contestation Over the Ownership, Use, and Control of Knowledge and Information

Edited by: Sebastian Haunss, Kenneth C. Shadlen

ISBN13: 9781781002056
Published: September 2011
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £26.00

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This book offers empirical analyses of conflicts over the ownership, control, and use of knowledge and information in developed and developing countries. Sebastian Haunss and Kenneth C. Shadlen, along with a collection of eminent contributors, focus on how business organizations, farmers, social movements, legal communities, state officials, transnational enterprises, and international organizations shape IP policies in areas such as health, information-communication technologies, indigenous knowledge, genetic resources, and many others. The innovative and original chapters examine conflicts over the rules governing various dimensions of IP, including patents, copyrights, traditional knowledge, and biosafety regulations. Written from a political perspective, this book is a must-read for political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists who study IP and conflicts over property. It is also an essential read for stakeholders in institutions, NGOs and industry interested in knowledge governance and IP politics.

Intellectual Property Law
1. Introduction: Rethinking the Politics of Intellectual Property Sebastian Haunss and Kenneth C. Shadlen 2. The Post-TRIPS Politics of Patents in Latin America Kenneth C. Shadlen 3. The Politics of Patents: Conditions of Implementation of Public Health Policy in Thailand Gaelle Krikorian 4. Illicit Seeds: Intellectual Property and the Underground Proliferation of Agricultural Biotechnologies Ronald J. Herring and Milind Kandlikar 5. Who Speaks for the Tribe? The Arogyapacha Case in Kerala Sabil Francis 6. Lobbying or Politics? Political Claims Making in IP Conflicts Sebastian Haunss and Lars Kohlmorgen 7. Can Patent Legislation Make a Difference? Bringing Parliaments and Civil Society into Patent Governance Ingrid S