The Pathologies of Data-Generating Patents

BIG DATA, HEALTH LAW, AND BIOETHICS (I. Glenn Cohen et al., eds., 2017 Forthcoming)

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-241

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2882459

15 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2016 Last revised: 26 Jan 2017

See all articles by Ted M. Sichelman

Ted M. Sichelman

University of San Diego School of Law

Brenda M. Simon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ; California Western School of Law; Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Stanford Law School - Center for Law & the Biosciences

Date Written: December 8, 2016

Abstract

Previously, we introduced the concept of “data-generating patents,” which are patented inventions that by design produce valuable data through their operation or use. When holders of data-generating patents possess market power over the patented invention, they often indirectly enjoy market power over the data generated by the invention. Here, we focus on concerns raised by biomedical data-generating patents, particularly in the context of the rise of “big data.” Data-generating patents are prevalent in the biomedical field and include patents covering genetic diagnostic tests, implantable and other medical devices, as well as consumer gadgets that track, store, and analyze information about patients and users.

Keywords: patents, trade secrets, big data, medical diagnostic tests, biotechnology, biomedical, Myriad

JEL Classification: L1, L2,L5, L63, L65, O3, O34

Suggested Citation

Sichelman, Ted M. and Simon, Brenda M., The Pathologies of Data-Generating Patents (December 8, 2016). BIG DATA, HEALTH LAW, AND BIOETHICS (I. Glenn Cohen et al., eds., 2017 Forthcoming) ; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-241; Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2882459. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2882459

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