‘Can you fix it? The tension between the right to repair and intellectual property rights – Farming’

“In consumer electronics, there is a natural tension between the consumer’s right to use the products they have purchased as they see fit and the rights of producers concerning the IP embedded in those products. A growing focus has been placed to secure greater rights on behalf of consumers in the United States under the umbrella of the ‘right to repair’. Right to repair concerns a variety of consumer products with embedded IP: vehicles and tractors increasingly rely on proprietary software; similarly, consumer electronics such as phones, tablets, and laptops feature components with embedded software that also bear trademarks …” (more)

[Thomas Key, The IPKat, 10 February]

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