Social Philosophy and Policy

Research Article

SAVING LOCKE FROM MARX: THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEORY*

Adam Mossoffa1

a1 Law, George Mason University School of Law

Abstract

Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and property law. His scholarship explores the intersection of intellectual property law and property theory, addressing how natural rights philosophy and the jurisprudential theory known as legal realism affected the creation and subsequent evolution of American patent law. His publications include “Patents as Constitutional Private Property: The Historical Protection of Patents under the Takings Clause,” “What is Property? Putting the Pieces Back Together,” and “Rethinking the Development of Patents: An Intellectual History, 1550–1800.”

Footnotes

* For comments on earlier drafts, thank you to the participants at a workshop at Cardozo Law School, the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society, the Property Colloquium at George Mason University School of Law, and the other contributors to this volume. For their thoroughgoing feedback and constructive criticism of earlier drafts, a special thank you to Eric R. Claeys, James E. Penner, C. Bradley Thompson, and the editors of Social Philosophy and Policy.

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