Bounded Openness : The Future Political Economy of Knowledge Management

May, Christopher (2011) Bounded Openness : The Future Political Economy of Knowledge Management. European Intellectual Property Review, 33 (8). pp. 477-480. ISSN 0142-0461

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n this opinion piece, I briefly review a set of predictions from the European Patent Office regarding the future of the global market for and in IPRs: this view of the future is largely based on the notion that the (commercial) management of knowledge will stay the same. However, this assumption may be seriously mistaken: current forms of intellectual property and knowledge management are being challenged by the development and acceleration of what we might call ‘openness’. To some extent this has been driven by a clear set of technical and organisational developments, but it is also the result of socio-political pressures in the realm of knowledge management. Here, I do not predict the decline and eventual failure of IPRs; rather recalling the historical processes of balancing private rights and public interest, I posit the development of bounded openness as a new moment in the ongoing history of managing knowledge in human (global) society.

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