Document Type

Article

Publication Year

2014

Journal Title

The WIPO Journal

ISSN

2041-2029

Abstract

Written for a special issue on intellectual property and geography, this article outlines three sets of mismatches that demonstrate the vitality, utility and richness of analyzing intellectual property developments through a geographical lens. The article begins by examining economic geography, focusing on the tensions and conflicts between territorial borders and sub-national innovation (including those relating to obligations under the WTO TRIPS Agreement). This article then examines the oft-found mismatch between political geography and cultural geography. Illustrating this mismatch is the challenge of protecting traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The article concludes by exploring the growing mismatch between legal geography and human geography. It discusses issues ranging from the region codes deployed to protect DVDs to the increasing consumer demand for cross-border portability of copyrighted media content.

First Page

1

Last Page

15

Num Pages

15

Issue Number

1

Publisher

World Intellectual Property Organization & Thomson Reuters

Editor

Peter K. Yu

FIle Type

PDF

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