Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 25, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952637 | Print ISBN: 9780761923879 | Online ISBN: 9781412952637| Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Intellectual Property, Doctrinal Issues In
Dennis S. Karjala
Digital technologies, over the past several decades, have spurred a heightened general interest in intellectual property (IP). Previously something of an arcane backwater in the law, preoccupying technologically savvy nerds on the patent side and specialists in the publishing and film industries on the copyright side, IP is now fully in the law's mainstream. Student demand for IP courses grows steadily, and IP programs are sprouting at law schools everywhere in the United States and elsewhere. The creation of the World Trade Organization and the adoption of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), incorporating minimum standards of IP protection as a condition for participating in the international trade regime, have increased both the awareness and the importance of IP among practitioners and theorists alike. It is no longer possible to tell people embarking on a legal career that they can safely omit IP issues from their ...