ELNM Topic 15: The Proprietary World: The WIPO Intellectual Property model

To Do

  • Study the Anglo-American and Continental European school of IP. Write a short comparative analysis to your blog (if you have clear preference for one over another, explain that, too).

This material is dealt with only in Continental European school of IP. I’m already familiar with it, but there was also new for me. I have not thought about the origin of the word patent, it became clear that it is in Latin patens (public). It was also interesting to find that the smell can be a trade mark and sound marks, scent marks and moving marks can not be protected in Estonia.
It was good to remember that the major specific features of IP are (accoording to the text):

  • immateriality – the object of IP is not a physical entity
  • territoriality – IP is originally protected only inside the borders of the country of origin and only involves citizens and resident aliens. There is a number of international treaties to coordinate the legislation of different countries.
  • temporarity – IP has finite duration during which the rights are protected.

As the Anglo-American school of IP was not described in this text and I could not find the necessary material itself quickly, I can not compare them now. It was too time-consuming task (I have to improve and evaluate over 150 students’ reading comprehension works and grammar works).


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