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Learning from Past Mistakes — The US Patent System and International Trade Agreements

11 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016  

Robin Feldman

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

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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Feldman, Robin, Learning from Past Mistakes — The US Patent System and International Trade Agreements (March 2016). Working Paper, East-West Center Workshop on Mega-Regionalism - New Challenges for Trade and Innovation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2745457

Robin Feldman (Contact Author)

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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