Governing Medical Knowledge Commons - Introduction and Chapter 1

From: Governing Medical Knowledge Commons, Katherine J. Strandburg, Brett M. Frischmann, & Michael J. Madison, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-24

19 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2017

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Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law

Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law

Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: October 13, 2017

Abstract

Governing Medical Knowledge Commons makes three claims: first, evidence matters to innovation policymaking; second, evidence shows that self-governing knowledge commons support effective innovation without prioritizing traditional intellectual property rights; and third, knowledge commons can succeed in the critical fields of medicine and health. The editors' knowledge commons framework adapts Elinor Ostrom's groundbreaking research on natural resource commons to the distinctive attributes of knowledge and information, providing a systematic means for accumulating evidence about how knowledge commons succeed. The editors' previous volume, Governing Knowledge Commons, demonstrated the framework's power through case studies in a diverse range of areas. Governing Medical Knowledge Commons provides fifteen new case studies of knowledge commons in which researchers, medical professionals, and patients generate, improve, and share innovations, offering readers a practical introduction to the knowledge commons framework and a synthesis of conclusions and lessons.

Keywords: commons, knowledge commons, tragedy of the commons, common pools, common pool resources, governance, public goods, information, knowledge, intellectual property, patent pools, medical research, user innovation

JEL Classification: D23, H41, K11, L22, L23, O31, O32, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Strandburg, Katherine J. and Frischmann, Brett M. and Madison, Michael J., Governing Medical Knowledge Commons - Introduction and Chapter 1 (October 13, 2017). From: Governing Medical Knowledge Commons, Katherine J. Strandburg, Brett M. Frischmann, & Michael J. Madison, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3053025

Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

Brett M. Frischmann

Villanova University - School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

Michael J. Madison (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-7855 (Phone)
412-648-2648 (Fax)

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