Intellectual property responsibility: a manifesto

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This opinion is an attempt to provoke a debate about exploring the responsibility narrative of international intellectual property (IP). It aims to offer a lens for interpreting IP norms within the system and outside IP when it interacts with other branches of law. After providing the context, this opinion first engages with the concept of responsibility, followed by examining responsibility in international IP. Then, it explores how access, sustainability, and empowering less developed countries are facets of responsibility that are embedded in the IP system. The opinion, therefore, is a call to develop a fair and responsible IP system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-613
Number of pages19
JournalIIC International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Issue number4
Early online date15 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2024


  • Access and incentives
  • Developing countries
  • Pandemic
  • Responsibility
  • Societal goals
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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