IP and NonLinear Innovation

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:30 to 13:45

Speaker: Dr. Michal Shur-Ofry (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law, Senior Lecturer)

Title: IP and Nonlinear Innovation

Contemporary IP theory concentrates on the cumulative and incremental nature of innovation and creation. A prevalent image in this context depicts authors and inventors as "standing on the shoulders of giants". This project examines an additional type of innovation that has been largely overlooked in IP discourse: innovation that breaks up with convention, disputes existing paradigms, or in other words--"steps-off" the shoulders of giants. Drawing on multi-disciplinary literature, from the history and philosophy of science to studies of creativity and radical inventions, it explores nonlinear innovations across various cultural, artistic and scientific domains. It then examines whether intellectual property policy and doctrine, particularly patent and copyright law, can better foster nonlinear innovations and facilitate stepping-off giants' shoulders. 

Fasken Martineau Classroom (Room 122)