Global Intellectual Property Law, Human Rights, and Technical Communication

TyAnna Herrington


This article analyzes the current international intellectual property structure, and examines the effect of its commercial foundation and goals on technical communicators in specific, and affected populations, in general. It points to the varied forms of harm that result from international intellectual property law's grounding in market goals, and suggests that commercial goals be replaced with human rights goals as a means to support the needs of less powerful entities affected by global markets and to further more effective and potentially more marketable innovation of creative and useful products.


intellectual property law, human rights, technical communication, innovation, knowledge advancement

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