Collective Intellectual Property in Michoacán: Negotiating Economic and Cultural Agendas in the Artisanal Field

Authors

  • Lucero Ibarra Rojas

Keywords:

Intellectual property, designations of origin, collective trademarks, Propiedad intelectual, denominaciones de origen, marcas colectivas

Abstract

The state of Michoacán, México, has almost 50 collective trademarks registered for artisanal products, which were created by initiative of different state institutions. This article aims to understand the different influences that are mediated by law when collective forms of intellectual property are incorporated and negotiated by different institutions with different aims within the realm of the state. By looking closely at the experience in Michoacán, I argue that two economic/cultural agendas can be identified. On the one hand, there is the federal agenda that aims for a national and international projection of a Mexican product, focused on the successfully industrialized national products closely linked with México's imagery for a foreign audience. On the other hand, there are the expectations of Michoacán's local government, which are strongly related with a pluralist discourse and with the different policy approaches it inspires. Between the two, the country’s cultural agenda becomes shaped by economic concerns that are, in turn, defined by the worldviews of state institution's agents.

El estado de Michoacán, México, tiene casi 50 marcas colectivas de productos artesanales, que fueron registradas por iniciativa de diferentes instituciones estatales. Este artículo busca comprender las variadas influencias que son mediadas por el derecho cuando se incorporan formas colectivas de propiedad intelectual, mediante la negociación de diferentes instituciones con diferentes objetivos dentro del ámbito estatal. A través de la experiencia de Michoacán, sostengo que se pueden identificar dos agendas económicas/culturales. Por un lado, se encuentra la agenda federal que busca una proyección nacional e internacional de un producto identificable como mexicano, enfocándose en los productos nacionales que han tenido una industrialización exitosa. Por otro lado, se encuentran las expectativas del gobierno local de Michoacán, que se relacionan íntimamente con el discurso pluralista y con las diferentes visiones de políticas públicas que este inspira. Entre estas dos agendas, la agenda cultural del país es modelada a partir de preocupaciones económicas que, a su vez, son definidas por las visiones de los agentes de las instituciones estatales.

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Author Biography

Lucero Ibarra Rojas

Researcher-Professor at the Legal Studies Division of the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), México. Ph.D. in Law and Society from the University of Milan, M.A. in Sociology of Law from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), Law Degree from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH). Founding member of the Network of Sociology of Law in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Collective Emancipaciones on Critical Studies of Law and the Humanities. Carretera México-Toluca 3655, Col. Lomas de Santa Fe, 01210, Ciudad de México, México. luceroibarrarojas@gmail.com

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Published

03-10-2014

How to Cite

Ibarra Rojas, L. (2014) “Collective Intellectual Property in Michoacán: Negotiating Economic and Cultural Agendas in the Artisanal Field”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6(3), pp. 562–583. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/507 (Accessed: 19 January 2022).