Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property Law
Helena R Howe and Jonathan Griffiths (eds)
Cambridge University Press (2013)
Book length: 316 pages / Price: £75
Although it might appear as a lost cause today, intellectual property scholars continue investing a considerable amount of skill, labour and judgment in drawing the distinction between property and intellectual property law. To a certain extent, we could say that wrestling with the distinction is one of the defining and foundational features of the law. As a curse or as a gift, the rubric of property has always simultaneously constituted an uneasy and slippery riddle. Situated uncomfortably in the making of the discipline, it is not a surprise that even after legislative declarations, both international and domestic; the reference to property is still contested, or at least, discussed.