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J. Janewa Osei-Tutu

2018

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Socially Responsible Corporate Ip, Janewa Osei Tutu Dec 2017

Socially Responsible Corporate Ip, Janewa Osei Tutu

J. Janewa Osei-Tutu

Many companies practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of their branding and public relations efforts. For example, as part of their CSR strategies, some companies adopt voluntary codes of conduct in an effort to respect human rights. This Article contemplates the application of CSR principles to trade-related intellectual property (IP). In theory, patent and copyright laws promote progress and innovation, which is why IP rights are beneficial for both IP owners and for the public. Trademark rights encourage businesses to maintain certain standards and allow consumers to make more efficient choices. Though IP rights are often discussed in relation …