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When cosmology meets property: indigenous people's innovation and intellectual property

Drahos, Peter

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The protection of traditional knowledge by means of intellectual property rights is one of the major concerns of international organizations. Less attention has been paid to the relationship between systems of indigenous innovation and intellectual property. Using Australia as a case study, the paper argues that indigenous innovation systems are located within a connectionist cosmological framework. The distinctive institutional features of this innovation system are identified. Key is that...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDrahos, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:52:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0810-9028
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/27626
dc.description.abstractThe protection of traditional knowledge by means of intellectual property rights is one of the major concerns of international organizations. Less attention has been paid to the relationship between systems of indigenous innovation and intellectual property. Using Australia as a case study, the paper argues that indigenous innovation systems are located within a connectionist cosmological framework. The distinctive institutional features of this innovation system are identified. Key is that innovation in systems maintains the health of other systems. The commodity-based nature of intellectual property systems does not suit this kind of innovation. Property rights in land matter to this innovation system far more than intellectual property. Forms of intellectual property based on the right to distinguish one's product in the market will generally be more useful to indigenous innovation than commodity regimes such as the patent system. Voluntary certification systems can probably be harnessed to much greater effect by indigenous business enterprises.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourcePrometheus
dc.subjectKeywords: certification; indigenous population; innovation; intellectual property rights; traditional knowledge; Australia
dc.titleWhen cosmology meets property: indigenous people's innovation and intellectual property
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume29
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor180115 - Intellectual Property Law
local.identifier.absfor180119 - Law and Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4964654xPUB52
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDrahos, Peter, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage233
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage252
local.identifier.doi10.1080/08109028.2011.638213
local.identifier.absseo940499 - Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:31:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84858767022
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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