It is in this broader context that that I see Professor Rob Merges’ new book Justifying Intellectual Property as a new Bible for Intellectual Property. In his 2011 Harvard University Press book, Merges explains his faith in intellectual property and how the basis for his faith provides general guidance for the structure of a well designed intellectual property system.
Merges is an excellent writer, but the reading is still dense – largely because Merges bases his arguments on the philosophic writings of John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and John Rawls. In reading the book, I am continually referring to the original sources (via the public domain and an internet search). This takes time, energy, and active reading, but will be rewarding for any patent attorney looking to live a purpose filled life.