n Without Prejudice - Territoriality, ethics and Murphy's Law : intellectual property

Volume 14, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Intellectual property (IP) and ethics, strange bedfellows you might think. But ethical considerations do come up in the context of IP from time to time, for example when the powers-that-be consider whether patent law should be amended to make generic drugs more readily available. Or when they consider whether restrictions should be placed on the advertising of goods like tobacco and alcohol, and whether those restrictions should extend to the use of the trade marks under which the products are sold. Perhaps these are examples of public policy rather than ethics.

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