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Monday, 25 October 2004


Leading scholar Alison Firth gave an entertaining IP Chat at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) today. The IP Chats are a regular monthly feature of the QMIPRI programme, giving scholars and students a chance to sound off about their research topics, latest legal developments as well as the academic side of IP.

At today's chat, Alison raised the issue of the great divide between "misrepresentation" and "misappropriation" as the most popular theories that, many academics claim, govern the protection of statutory and non-statutory IP rights -- particularly those rights that don't appear to sit comfortably in any categorisation such as the moral rights recognised by copyright law. The discussion focused on, among other things, the viability of further categories beyond the "misrepresentation/misappropriation" divide: the category of "interference" was raised as one possibility.

Readers are invited to let the IPKat know what they think on this fascinating topic.

IP and misappropriation here and here
IP and misrepresentation here

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