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2 Queen Mary J. Intell. Prop. 1 (2012)

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Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, Vol. 2 No. 1, p. 1


The Queen  Mary  Journal of Intellectual Property is now celebrating its first anniver-
sary. A tremendous year of hard work has been rewarded by the expansion of the jour-
nal into libraries around the world. And we  would  like to thank in particular our
contributors in the first year for their participation in launching a significant new
forum  for rigorous and interdisciplinary intellectual property scholarship.
   In this, our first issue for 2012, the cultural and social dimension of intellectual
property law and frameworks  is clear. This is an area of commercial law with impor-
tant implications for intellectual development, and so its reach into all areas of socie-
tal advancement   is critical and  relevant, yet often  controversial and  always
challenging. In developing intellectual property frameworks we are operating within
a clear cultural and political context, and in facilitating commercialization of intellec-
tual products we are also necessarily negotiating our cultural and intellectual futures.
We  are all working in the intersection of technology and law, of science and culture.
   In this issue, Michael Blakeney looks at the very contentious area of gene technol-
ogy and the role of patents in facilitating the technological tools to contend with envi-
ronmental pressures on food  security and agriculture, particularly in the developing
world. This operation of the law at the convergence of public health and food secu-
rity, environment and technology, highlights not only the relevance of commercial
tools to resolve social problems, but also the subsequent direction of those tools to
specific recipients and societies, as facilitated by intellectual property markets.
   This relationship between intellectual property and development is also explored
by Cerkia  Bramley  and Estelle Bienabe in the context of geographical indications
(GIs) and their application for developing economies. The authors consider in partic-
ular the more complex questions of strategic development and use of GIs by develop-
ing countries and, again, show that it is necessary to explore the implementation and
operation of intellectual property in a wider context and alongside concurrent pres-
sures and systems.
   Robin  Kerremans  looks at an issue of tremendous  importance on  the European
agenda in particular, namely, that of orphan works. In an important assessment of the
recent draft proposal for a Directive in this area, Kerremans considers the evidence on
which  these developments are based, including the impact assessment study preced-
ing the draft. The issue of orphan works is a critically significant case of the relation-
ship between commercial  rights and cultural resources, and Kerremans' analysis is a
crucial and timely contribution to the discourse on these developments.
   In this first issue of the new year, QMJIP firmly situates the debate in the intersec-
tion of art and science, ushering in the 'two cultures' in the one forum: that is, through
the critical dimension of intellectual property.

                                                           The  Consultant Editors
    Professor Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law,
                                                Queen  Mary  University of London
      Lord Hoffmann,  Honorary  Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary
                                                             University of London

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