The impact of digital technology and, in particular,
the transformative capabilities of the Internet have
profoundly affected the capacity of legal systems to
identify and protect intellectual property rights (IPR).
Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy
focuses on the vulnerability of copyright in the digital
environment, explores arguments advanced for new
IPR protective measures, and notes serious concerns
regarding Canadian IPR practice.
This report was prepared for The Conference Board of
Canada’s Intellectual Property Conference: A Catalyst
for Innovation. It is part of a suite of reports by The
Conference Board of Canada that look at the role of
intellectual property rights in achieving global competitiveness
(National Innovation Performance and
Intellectual Property Rights) and the role of intellectual
property in encouraging economic growth (Creating
Value and Stimulating Investment), and that highlight
the issues created by technology and its impact on the
protection of intellectual property rights (Intellectual
Property Rights in the Digital Economy).