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date: 18 May 2021

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Intellectual property is getting queerer. Although intellectual property is most often associated with theories of economic rationality or romantic individualism, there are increasingly prominent strands of IP theory that reflect the insights of queer theory. Although IP and queer theory are rarely in direct conversation, this chapter shows several nascent intersections between these two fields, including: the cultural contingency of creativity, the unpredictable trajectories of social regulation, and the co-constitutive nature of intellectual life and material culture. IP theory increasingly understands that the cultural discourse shapes the distribution of wealth, happiness, and political power in the physical world, and vice versa. This chapter emphasizes both the broad sociocultural implications of IP’s regulatory interventions and the underappreciated jurisprudential value of queer theory.

Keywords: queer theory, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, patent, sexuality, identity

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