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Intellectual Property Rights in Frontier Industries: Software and Biotechnology
Article Source: AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 2005
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This book considers the debate whether patents are good or bad for cutting- edge technology like software and biotech.
There is some consensus that patents pose problems for innovation, but little consensus on severity or solutions.
- Stuart Graham and David Mowery argue that little evidence shows that software patents are good, and there is likewise little evidence that they are harmful.
- Dan Burk and Mark Lemley argue that the courts should refine case law so that software patents describe in detail the protected innovation and are narrower.
- Ian Cockburn explains that inconsistencies between patent rules for software and for biotechnology cause problems in patenting “bioinformatics,” a combination of the two fields.
- Arti Rae and Wesley Cohen explore whether methods used in open source software are also useful in biomedical research.