Intellectual property rights

Authored by: Hannes Siegrist

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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Intellectual property rights have a particular relationship with processes of regionalization and transregionalization, which I will illustrate by connecting the history of the propertization of cultural and scientific relations with the history of regionalization and transregionalization of social, political, and legal orders. By propertization, I mean that the relationships between legal subjects (such as persons, organizations, and states) and objects (such as symbolic forms that are regarded as intangible or immaterial objects) are increasingly conceived and regulated as property-based. Regionalization refers to the making of social, cultural, legal, political, and economic spaces on different scales, as well as to processes of territorialization that aim at defining and establishing a cultural, political, economic, legal, and institutional regime that is anchored in, attributed to, or named after a specific territory or sociogeographic area.

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