Digitisation and Sustainability in Intellectual Property

Competition Economics and Service Strategy is one of Hanken's Areas of High Potential

Non-scientific description: We research various aspects intellectual property law (IPL) and policies, dealing with the challenges imposed by digitization to ensure sustainable technological and economic growth and to foster sustainable innovation practices. As a regulation of global business and economics, IPL introduces artificial scarcity in the form of rights (IPR) on the intangibles. However, IPR is not an end in itself, and should serve socially important purpose. IPRs as economic rights allow fundamental values to be expressed as norms in the law. Understanding the mechanics of the interaction of values and norms both providing access and protection, is crucial in times when digital disruptive innovation presents new challenges and opportunities to society. We approach the connection by researching the interactions of law, technology and market (private ordering). As we research the important societal functions of IP and its equivalents in addressing challenges created by digitization to ensure sustainable growth and to foster innovation practices, the scope of our research is necessarily multi-disciplinary and global.

  • Key non-scientific/managerial question: How should digitization be reflected in Intellectual Property Law and policy to promote sustainable innovation practices in the global market?
  • Scientific sub-disciplines: patent, copyright, trademark, design, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, fairness, morality
  • Scientific research topics: law, intellectual property, digitalization, sustainability
  • Scientific research methods: comparative law, doctrinal analysis, constitutionalism, critical discourse analysis, law and economics