Welcome to the home page of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
at Birkbeck research group. This page draws together contributors
from several Schools at Birkbeck, University of London. The group
is not exclusive in nature, so if you are a Birkbeck researcher
and wish to join, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Bringing interdisciplinary research and social responsibility
into the subjects of intellectual property rights (IPRs)
Birkbeck has a history in exploring the interface between the arts
and sciences. This is at the level of both research and teaching
programmes, but our historical pride is also at the activist level
where Birkbeck researchers, among other things, have argued the
need for understanding the social implications of science.
Those who join the IPR at Birkeck group of researchers and teachers
also maintain that we need to bring interdisciplinary research and
social responsibility into the consideration of intellectual property
rights (IPRs), and bring those perspectives on to the next generation
of students and researchers. We also assert that cross-institutional
dialogue with international organizations, governmental agencies,
the businesses, collecting societies and other groups of intellectual
property owners and users is the best underpinning for informed
research in management, law, economics and politics on IPR related
matters. Finally, we have sought to establish the IPR at Birkbeck
research group because we consider that publicly funded researchers
need a forum in which to explore their views on the use of IPRs
in the exploitation and appropriation of research that would otherwise
form part of the global commons.
The founders of the IPR at Birkbeck research group are Dr.
Birgitte Andersen (Management) and Professor
Fiona Macmillan (Law), June 5th 2003, who discussed and agreed
on the need for more interdisciplinary research on IPR related matters,
and the need for a greater consideration of social responsibility
in the research and teaching on intellectual property rights (IPRs).
Dialogue is important
To share our fascination for interdisciplinary IPR research and
social responsibility with our colleagues within Birkbeck as well
as outside, this resource page list our current research projects
since 2003 (See link to ACTIVITIES above). Click also on the other
links above to select any information you are interested in. We
are also very interested in any feedback on our work which you may
have, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your comments.
Please select Researchers from
the top navigational bar.