The Humanitarian Side of Intellectual Property Rights

Technology, in its broadest sense, affects some of the poorest people in the world more that you might imagine. Sometimes, the effects of technology on the poor are indirect. Technology affects health, affect medicine, education, energy generation, water and irrigation, construction, food and agriculture, information and communications, sanitation.

And of course, purpose and benefits of intellectual property (IP) have long been debated. The way IP rights (IPR) differ from regular property right is now well understood, and the implications of IP in the future are yet to be seen (for an interesting debate on these issues. But one thing we do know, is that they affect the poor.  

Sara Boettiger is one of the women working in this field. Here´s a video of a talk she gave on re-thinking IPR models for the poor:

Sara Boettiger an economist and social impact advisor; Assistant Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley; Senior Advisor to Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture; a Fellow at the Berkman Center and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils.

She is also co-founder of four non-profits centered on the application of technology to meet the challenges of global poverty: PIPRA, Global Access in Action, GATD and AgPartnerXChange.

Dr. Boettiger advises governments, companies, foundations and private investors on a range of social impact issues, including: impact measurement, public-private partnerships, IPR, the law & economics of open source models, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and development, and challenges in ‘scaling up’ in rural markets.

She received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Agricultural & Resource Economics and publishes on the law and economics of intellectual property rights, innovation, and poverty.

At the Berkman Center, Dr. Boettiger is co-directing Global Access in Action. This program takes a ‘ground-up’ approach to legal and policy frameworks that impact access to technology by the poor.

Global Access in Action combines on-the-ground impacts of policies and laws with the expertise of policymakers, donors and academics to explore new solutions that move beyond the ideologically charged debates that often divide business and NGO communities around access to technology issues.

So why is this important to you, oh dear reader (and possible humanitarian and intellectual rights enthusiast)? Well, intellectual property lawyers are in high demand right now, and the upward trend doesn´t seem to be showing any signs of stopping!

However, there is a distinct lack of advocates fascinated by the effect of closed-source and open-source technologies on the developing world. But it is perhaps one of the coolest ways to harness a passion for all things humanitarian, while specializing in a very interesting and relevant area of study.

Taking a more focused look at the economic effects, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, a lecturer at the Southern University Bangladesh notes that open-source software is free of cost, is more secure and reliable, and changes can be made to suit the purposes of the user. Although development and support may stop at any time, it can be of so much benefit to those who cannot buy their own software. This applies to all technologies. This field needs to become more humanitarian. Will you be the one to move the field forward, into a more expansive, fair reality?

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In today's dynamic and competitive business environment, Intellectual Property or IP is a key element needed to maintain a competitive edge in the market. IP as a business asset is an integral part of the business process.

Successful Statements of Excellence in Intellectual Property Law

Sample 1st Paragraph Intellectual Property Law

My background is in engineering and pharmacy and includes three years of research. I have always had an interest in the law and this has developed significantly during my working as a pharmacist. I am required to assess requests for the funding of drug therapy costing $30,000 annually or more. This responsibility inspired an interest in the costing of drugs and the law relating to intellectual property and its effects on the well-being of patients. I want to acquire the specialist legal skills and knowledge which, together with my professional background, will enable me to assist in resisting the abuse of intellectual property laws to limit patient access to life-saving or enhancing drugs. My professional and research experience has called for the characteristics and skills that are directly transferable to the program and that will enable me to excel in the practise of law. These characteristics and skills include; intellectual curiosity, an ability to think originally and creatively, determination, a meticulous ‘eye for detail’ and approaching problems systematically and logically.

Why Intellectual Property Lawyers are in High Demand

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One of the most considerable challenges facing the advancement of progressive intellectual property laws in today’s world may be counterfeiting: the right for ordinary people to obtain affordable imitations of brand name goods, versus the right of businesses to have the registered trademarks protected so only the non-affordable original products can actually bear the trademark. Counterfeit imports stream in rampantly from China, where manufacturers are illegally copying successful registered trademarked goods and selling them for a fraction of the cost. Consequently, foreigners fuel the fire by consuming and purchasing copied goods, provoking vendors to seek out discreet ways to sell and market illegal, untrademarked designs.