The article on patent law and its possible introduction to the UK was one of the most contentious pieces I have seen in the journal for a while (AJ 27.2.03). This is no bad thing, and should start a fierce debate among architects.
Social and artistic concerns versus the might of commerce is an interesting topic indeed. This is not a bad aspect to focus on and I hope to see some further academic debate featured soon.
How does the law influence the architect? Well, apart from costing money, employment and contract are the main concerns, but protection of labour is also important. I do not believe the law will ever provide an efficient and affordable option to the architect regarding intellectual labour.
Peter Porter, Blackburn