Clearing a Path Through the Patent Thicket

Cell, Vol. 125, pp. 629-633, 2006

Posted: 18 Oct 2006 Last revised: 17 May 2014

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Christopher M. Holman

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Holman, Christopher M., Clearing a Path Through the Patent Thicket. Cell, Vol. 125, pp. 629-633, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938004

Christopher M. Holman (Contact Author)

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