The Interconnections between Entrepreneurship, Science, and the Patent System

31 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2017

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Amy L. Landers

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Date Written: January 27, 2016

Abstract

The recognition that innovation drives the creation of new knowledge is both significant and an underappreciated aspect of patent theory. A full assessment of the impact of this most recent trend in patent law cannot be performed without examining the relationships between science, the patent system, and innovation within a more realistic context. To do so, the system must loosen its hold on the linear mode, which prescribes that basic science leads to invention, which leads to innovation in that order. Rather, the interaction between science, patents and innovation is complicated, nuanced, and chaotic. More broadly, these insights allow us to think about the patent system in ways that do not echo the traditional narrative that places science and innovation at the opposite ends of a continuum. As a practical matter, this more realistic framework suggests that recent shifts in patent law can do much to foster entrepreneurial creativity. The innovation that flows from this work can, in turn, operate in ways that can ultimately drive more scientific inquiry.

Keywords: patent, innovation, scientific creativity, discovery, history of invention

JEL Classification: O3

Suggested Citation

Landers, Amy L., The Interconnections between Entrepreneurship, Science, and the Patent System (January 27, 2016). Utah Law Review, Vol. 2016, No. 4, 2016; Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-A-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2907214

Amy L. Landers (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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