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Seminar - The Tensions Between Free Markets and Free Ideas: The View From Intellectual Property

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 15:00 to 17:00
Venue: SMU School of Accountancy/Law Building, Level 4, Meeting Room 4-1, 60 Stamford Road


As societies liberalize their economies through a path to less regulated markets governed by rule of law principles, an inevitable question is the relationship between the marketplace for goods and service and marketplace for ideas.  The connection between two marketplaces arises from the role of information and knowledge in exchange, whether of consumer products or of opinions, beliefs, and facts. Intellectual property illustrates the connections between marketplaces as for a exchange. This lecture explores these themes by examination of several recent legal controversies: (1) trademark and offensive speech; (2) copyright fair use; and (3) the relationship between competition law and intellectual property law.

Speaker's Profile

Shubha Ghosh is Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University College of Law.  He has taught law at University of Wisconsin, Southern Methodist University, State University of New York, Buffalo, and Georgia State University.  His teaching career started with an assistant professorship of economics at University of Texas at Austin. His scholarship focuses on intellectual property doctrine and policy, patents and competition law, intellectual property exhaustion, and personalized medicine.  He is currently working on a book synthesizing intellectual property exhaustion doctrine.  He is also writing a paper on patent law in Colonial India as background to developments in Indian patent law post-Independence.  He  holds a JD from Stanford Law School, a PhD in economics from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a BA from Amherst College.

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Last updated on 08 Jun 2016 .