Patents for PowerIntellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology

Patents for PowerIntellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology

Robert M. Farley and Davida H. Isaacs

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9780226716527

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

In an era when knowledge can travel with astonishing speed, the need for analysis of intellectual property (IP) law—and its focus on patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and issues of copyright—has never been greater. The book probes two major issues: the effect of IP law on innovation itself and the effect of IP law on the international diffusion, or sharing, of technology. Discussing a range of inventions, from the AK-47 rifle to the B-29 Superfortress bomber to the MQ-1 Predator drone, the authors show how IP systems (or their lack) have impacted domestic and international relations across a number of countries, including the United States, Russia, China, and South Korea. The study finds, among other results, that while the open nature of the IP system may encourage industrial espionage like cyberwarfare, increased state uptake of IP law is helping to establish international standards for IP protection.