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Van Caenegem, William (2002). The public domain: scientia nullius. European Intellectual Property Review, 24(6), 324-330.

© Copyright Sweet & Maxwell Ltd (and contributors), 2002

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This article is concerned with the theory of public domain in intellectual property law and whether, by using example of claims over indigenous people's knowledge, the essence of intellectual property law is to determine which knowledge cannot be appropriated.

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