Novelty and Ownership: Intellectual Property in Architecture and Design

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Throughout history, architects have prided themselves on their problem-solving skills and their ability to overcome obstacles. They have found new ways to use materials to conquer seemingly inherent material limitations or invented new methods of construction. Unfortunately, the rewards for their ingenuity do not always reach beyond a single building or a body of work. This journal contribution looks at the protection of intellectual property (IP) through trademarks, copyright, utility patents, and design patents in architecture and design. Furthermore, it explores the benefits and potential risks that IP protection holds in the context of emerging industry drivers such as nanotechnology or digital fabrication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalTechnology Architecture and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies


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