UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law


Emir Aly Crowne

Citations to This Work

  • Alexander D. Northover, "Enough and as Good" In The Intellectual Commons: A Lockean Theory Of Copyright and The Merger Doctrine, 65 Emory L.J. 1363 (2016)


This article proposes an approach to justifying patentable subject matter that uses Locke as its starting point, and utilitarianism as its end. The patent eligibility of any given subject matter must be a mixture of labour and certain utilitarian incentives. If these elements are present—and if the subject matter in question can be made to fit within the definition of invention (even if slightly uncomfortably)—then courts and tribunals should aim to accommodate it.