Learning from Past Mistakes — The US Patent System and International Trade Agreements
11 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 2016
To ensure that the TPP agreement works properly in practice with regard to patents and the governance of pharmaceuticals and semiconductors, strong mechanisms for enforcement and for rooting out system abuse are needed. To make this happen, regulators should learn from past mistakes of the U.S. patent system: the proliferation of non-practicing entities (NPEs), and strategic behavior that blocks or delays generic competition in the pharmaceutical industry. This Think Piece presents key findings of the author’s research on the complexity of the U.S. litigation and regulatory frameworks that have provided fertile ground for strategic behavior that can have negative effects on innovation, and may distort the expected gains from trade for innovation.
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