Chien on Inequality, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

Colleen V. Chien (Santa Clara University – School of Law) has posted Inequality, Innovation, and Intellectual Property on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: This article explores the relationship between innovation, intellectual property, and inequality, making three contributions. First, it reveals how shifts in patented innovation over the last several decades have contributed to broader social and economic shifts, away from manufacturing-based, domestic, and independent innovation, and towards digital, foreign, and corporate innovation, validating both optimistic accounts of immigration-driven, digital prosperity and pessimistic accounts of the shrinking role of domestic innovators. Second, it offers a framework for understanding the relationship between innovation and inequality that includes both the potentially inequality-increasing impacts of innovation and the potentially inequality-decreasing impacts of innovation and specifies the contribution of intellectual…

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