Sapna Kumar: The Fate Of "Innovation Nationalism" In The Age of Trump

One of the biggest pieces of news last week was that President Trump will be imposing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum because, he tweets, IF YOU DON'T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON'T HAVE A COUNTRY.  Innovation Nationalism, a timely new article by Professor Sapna Kumar at University of Houston School of Law, explains the role that innovation and patent law play in the "global resurgence of nationalism" in the age of Trump. After reading her article, I think Trump should replace this tweet with: IF YOU DON'T HAVE PATENTS, YOU DON'T HAVE A COUNTRY. Drawing on various disciplines, Kumar defines nationalism generally as "creation of a shared national identity" that is "independent of language, race, religion, [or] economic status." (5). Kumar focuses mainly on what she calls "economic nationalism," which is where nations adopt "economic policies that discriminate in favor of [their own…

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