The wealth of many of today's businesses comprises the collective knowledge and innovation of their employees and leaders. In the global economy, innovation has become as valuable as gold. Consequently intellectual property protection has become the focus of considerable legal and regulatory attention, at both an international and national level. Theft, piracy, and infringements on IP can be revealed at every level, from the state to the individual. Patents, Profits and Power examines the less desirable players on the world stage, why they choose to defy the law, and how the rest of the world is responding. The book also examines how the internet is changing the rules of intellectual property protection. It is packed with international case studies and examples to illustrate the impact of the internet on the development, control and protection of valuable ideas, products and services. This title will prove an invaluable reference source for anyone who is involved in protecting intellectual property.