A Global IP System at the Crossroads

20 01 2015

Editorial Note from IP watchdog: Below are the prepared remarks for a speech given by Wayne Sobon to the World IP Forum in Delhi, India, on January 11, 2015.

The challenges to the global IP system, however, go much, much deeper than mere debates over so-called patent trolls or patent quality. The very premises of our intellectual property laws — the economic value of the intellectual property system itself — are now in deep dispute, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. Indeed, global anti-IP sentiment seems to be at its highest level since the late 1860s, when opponents of intellectual property rights succeeded — for a time, at least — in abolishing or weakening the patent systems of several nations around the world.


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