The Chief Justice’s address

A video of Chief Justice French’s 4th Annual Francis Gurry address A Public Law Perspective on Intellectual Property Law is now online.

De-linking intellectual property from exclusive rights

The videocast of the 3rd Annual Francis Gurry Lecture is now available:

De-linking intellectual property from exclusive rights

by James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology Limited. The blurb says:

The traditional justification for IP rights-atemporary monopoly to stimulate innovation and inverstment-is increasingly being questioned. If knowledge is more valuable when widely shared, and if freedom to use knowledge is socially and economically important, we need to de-link intellectual property protection from exclusive rights. But how?

I personally found the Q & A session helped crystallise what Mr Love was arguing. Very thought-provoking.

Apparently, the written paper will provide more explanation and amplification in due course. In the meantime, you may get an understanding of how Mr Love’s proposals could work in a pharmaceutical context here and here

Lid dip: Andrew Christie

2010 FRANCIS GURRY Lecture

Alison Brimelow, immediate past President of the European Patent Office, will give the 2nd annual Francis Gurry Lecture on 1 March 2010 at Melbourne Uni.

Her topic: “not Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Is the Patent System still fit for purpose?”

Details and registrations via here.