Legal theorists supporting the tangible–object theory of intellectual property are most likely to believe which one o...

on May 21, 2018

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Why is B wrong and E right?

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Mehran on May 22, 2018

Hi @meisen, thanks for your post.

This question asks you to identify the answer choice that tangible-object theorists are most likely to believe.

Answer choice (E) is correct because there is textual support that tangible-object theorists likely believe "the law need not invoke the notion of inventors' ownership of abstract ideas" to afford patent protections for inventions. See text at lines 35-39 (the chief advantage of the tangible-object theory, according to its proponents, "is that it justifies intellectual property rights without recourse to the widely accepted but problematic supposition that one can own abstract, intangible things such as ideas").

Answer choice (B) is incorrect because there is no textual support for the claim that "most legal systems explicitly rely on the tangible-object theory" - and there is no indication that tangible-object theorists, themselves, are most likely to believe this statement.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.