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used to refer to a group of laws that create (often temporary) monopolies on intangibles so that they can be bought/sold like tangible property
areas of law more dissimilar than similar, and use of term creates confusion
confusion benefits certain special interest groups who gain from these areas of law being complex to understand and navigate
when talking about copyright, say copyright. When talking about trade secrets, say trade secrets, ...
the World Summit on the Information Society working group on Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and related laws suggests the acronym PCT when trying to reference group of laws: wsis-pct.org