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Creativity without LawChallenging the Assumptions of Intellectual Property$
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Kate Darling and Aaron Perzanowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479841936

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479841936.001.0001

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An IP Lawyer Walks Into a Bar

An IP Lawyer Walks Into a Bar

Observations on Creativity in Cocktails

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(p.45) 2 An IP Lawyer Walks Into a Bar
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Creativity without Law
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Matthew Schruers

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479841936.003.0003

Matt Schruers demonstrates that from their earliest days as delivery mechanisms for medicines, to the era of patent elixirs, to today’s resurgence of craft cocktails, alcoholic beverages have been fruitful ground for innovation. Although cocktail recipes are unprotected by copyright or patent law, new cocktail recipes are far from scarce, despite the fact that these inventions can be freely copied and used by competitors. While culinary creations are regulated through informal norms, innovation in the mixological arts is driven by market strategies, in particular by cross-financing the investments made in easily copied information. Cocktails are often devised and sold as services, rather than products, as well as promotion for the spirits they contain. As this chapter colorfully illustrates, classic intellectual property theory often fails to account for market-based innovation incentives.

Keywords:   intellectual property, law, norms, economics, creativity, cocktails, recipes, spirits, markets, incentives, mixology

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