International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
International Journal of Law
Vol. 6, Issue 1 (2020)

Intellectual property and outer space: The need of international harmonized legal framework


KP Abitha

The need and curiosity of men made to explore the outer space. Now, it is an area utilized by artificial satellites and other such commercial activities. Many nations have their systems in protecting intellectual property on Earth. But when the intellectual property is beyond the earth, the nations are silent about its protection. Space law is extra territorial whereas Intellectual Property Law is also territorial in nature. The collaboration of countries over space missions is more common now, which raises problems in joint ownership or launching, operating and maintaining the space vehicle under joint effort of two or more states. Intellectual property rights are based on territoriality, their application to situations in outer space may cause problems, because outer space cannot be the subject of national appropriation. But still the nations have none of the law to regulate these issues. Absence of legal framework regarding intellectual property rights distorts the inventions and the technologies for the outer space use. The conflicts between intellectual property and space law regime could be resolved by enacting harmonized system of laws. There are lack of standard rights and liabilities of the IP protection in the space activities. Only by the intellectual property rights the companies can seek protection that adversely expands the commercialization of new inventions. Now there is a need of necessary amendments to the existing space law. Hence, this article discusses about the exercising international and harmonious legal framework of IPR would facilitate maximum collective utilization of public and private resources in the area of space technology.
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KP Abitha. Intellectual property and outer space: The need of international harmonized legal framework. International Journal of Law, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2020, Pages 01-03
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