03 May 2022

TIME Excellence Lecture

TIME Excellence Lecture

Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday the 10th of May 2022 at 11:00 London time i.e. 12:00 Brussels time, 13:00 Athens time. The speaker is Phoebe Li, Sussex Law School. The title of the talk is “Intellectual property duties and innovation". 

The paper can be found at

This webinar is free and open to all. The moderator is Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos. 

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Meeting ID: 964 7954 1729

NOTE: To participate please contact Andreas Panagopoulos at least an hour prior to the webinar.

Abstract: This presentation is based on a recent paper which considers the challenge posed by Peter Drahos’ work on the ‘duties of privilege’, and provides a normative analysis of an intellectual property (IP) regime by articulating IP duties as a lens for defining the optimal scope of IP monopolies. It builds on a correlative duty-based approach as a parameter to better approximating dignitarian thoughts in IP. A paradigm shift to a balanced framework incorporating the duty approach would reconfigure the imbalance and redress the undesirable consequences of inequality. A duty-based approach is not advocating a dichotomy regime separating rights from duties or replacing rights with duties, but a binary one taking full advantage of the extant IP flexibilities by embedding a sense of belonging, connectedness, honour and respect in a community of IP rights. A duty-based approach will work towards a collaborative humanitarian discourse and serve as a nuanced underpinning to the interface of IP power and competition where impacts will benefit society.  Internal and external forces are identified for regulating IP following a comprehensive study on the philosophies of ownership.  It concludes by proposing the primary waves of IP duties: a duty to self-moderation; a duty to benefit sharing; a duty to open innovation, and a duty to dissemination.

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