SXSW Interactive 2013
Have Expanding IP Rights Reached The Tipping Point
Last year saw SOPA and PIPA go down in flames – much to the chagrin of lawmakers and the copyright content industries. Meanwhile, tech companies continue to blast one another with overlapping patent lawsuits featuring claims for billions of dollars in damages. Aggressive enforcement and expansion of intellectual property rights appear to have hit a tipping point. As big business continues to push for more civil and criminal enforcement of trademarks, copyrights, and patents, has the intended purpose of IP laws been co-opted? How has social media and the “Streisand effect” changed the way big companies view intellectual property disputes? And how are rights holders preparing to respond to or cope with the inevitable backlash against the growing grab for intellectual property rights? The panel will explore these and other issues regarding the future of intellectual property laws.
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- Is intellectual property law reaching a tipping point?
- What comes after SOPA and PIPA?
- What will the future of patent, trademark, and copyright law look like?
- Is the original intent of IP law served in today's system?
- How are rights holders preparing to cope with the inevitable backlash against the IP system?
Erik Pelton, Attorney, Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC