IP Policy Publications

Here are my recent publications on IP policy – you can download a copy by clicking on the title.

IP and Health
Improving Access to Medicines in Low-Income Countries: A Review of Mechanisms“ Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol. 18, No. 1-2 (2015). This article considers mechanisms for improving the availability, the affordability, the efficacy, and the obtainability of medicines in low-income countries – such as through: grants, prizes, treaties, advance market commitments, priority review, product development partnerships, differential pricing mechanisms, monopsonies, patent law flexibilities, human rights obligations, authentication, criminalization, international and national enforcement, communication, task-shifting, efficient regulation, grass-roots service provision and education.

Management of IP
Innovation and Creativity: A Legal Perspective Chapter 7 in Chan and Mann (eds), Creativity and Innovation in Business and Beyond: Social Science Perspectives and Policy Implications, Routledge (2011). In law, creativity and innovation are alternative thresholds of intellectual ingenuity that must be satisfied for intellectual property subject matter to gain protection. This chapter explains differences between these two thresholds, and the policy consequences of these differences.

Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets: A Legal Perspective, Chapter 2 in Bosworth D. and Webster E. (eds), The Management of Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar (2006). This chapter explains how intellectual property is seen by the law and by lawyers. It defines the intangible assets to which protection is given, and explains the way in which the law allocates rights to them.

IP Policy-Making
A Quantitative Analysis of Australian Intellectual Property Law and Policy-Making since FederationAustralian Intellectual Property Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4 (2005).  This article analyses the quantitative data on Australian IP law and policy-making since federation, by measuring the growth of IP legislation and reviews of IP legislation over the past century, and comparing this with the corresponding growth in another body of commercial law and in the economy. It finds that while IP law is growing exponentially, it is growing more slowly than corporations law; and that the growth of both bodies of law is dwarfed by the growth of the economy.

Intellectual Property Law and Policy-Making in Australia: A Review and a Proposal for Action Intellectual Property Forum, Vol. 60 (2005). This paper reviews the history of intellectual property law and policy-making in Australia from federation until the present.  It shows a dramatic increase in the volume of IP legislation and in the reviews of that legislation, indicating a future trend of exponential growth.