School of Law

Professor Johanna Gibson’s Inaugural lecture

11 May 2011

Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Venue: Willoughby Lecture Theatre, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ

'Let me tell you a story ... Intellectual Property, Character and Narration'

Professor Gibson's inaugural invite

Intellectual property is that area of law most closely preoccupied with a society’s cultural output and creative self, in that it is that system which identifies the “author,” protects the cultural materials produced by the creator, and allows for commercialisation of those materials within the increasingly significant knowledge economy. In this way, the intellectual property system narrates society and suggests its cultural progress, legitimating certain materials emanating from that society – sufficiently original, sufficiently inventive, sufficiently distinctive, sufficiently new. What is the role of intellectual property in authenticating our society and what existence is there for materials produced and understood outside the framework of patents, copyright, trademarks and designs and the like? Is there a world outside the world view of copyright? In her inaugural lecture, Professor Johanna Gibson will demonstrate the performance of intellectual property through a series of events and identities, and the building of creative community through narration.

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