Clearing a Path Through the Patent Thicket
Cell, Vol. 125, pp. 629-633, 2006
Posted: 18 Oct 2006 Last revised: 17 May 2014
Patents do not always promote innovation, particularly when they restrict access to fundamental scientific discoveries and the tools of basic research. This article discusses a variety of legal and policy approaches that might help to ameliorate problems associated with patenting these sorts of inventions, with a particular emphasis on promoting innovation in the biotechnology sector.
Keywords: patents, biotechnology, patent thicket, research tools, research use, Bayh-Dole, upstream patents, junk patents, open source
JEL Classification: D6, K00
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