Intellectual Property Law : Does Intellectual Land Law Inhibit Innovation?
Globalization and the advent of the Internet have significantly enhanced the transfer of ideas and knowledge worldwide.
The desire for protection and compensation for one’s ideas and creations has led to an evolution in intellectual property law (IP). This form of law has evolved through policies, laws, and international treaties, which some believe have inhibited creativity, innovation and the sharing of acquired knowledge.
This paper asks the question, does intellectual property law inhibit innovation? Ideas, knowledge and creativity are larger than the discipline of law and affect every part of our lives, thus IP development requires complex approaches in order to achieve the true benefits of human creativity.
This paper will review multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to research and how each would help understand and evolve IP law. The paper will discuss, specifics of approach, advantages, the knowledge domains and theories within, and explain the logical consistency in each. The paper will then conclude with a recommendation on whether a multi, inter, or transdisciplinary approach presents the appropriate avenue towards solution moving forward.
Multidisciplinary research exists where a knowledge gap or a problem is approached from two or more disciplines, while remaining within their own boundaries (Choi and Pak 2006).…