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The Patent policy trilemma

Shadlen, Kenneth C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4010-4835 (2013) The Patent policy trilemma. Journal Für Entwicklungspolitik, 29 (2). pp. 87-105. ISSN 0258-2384

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Patents affect the terms on which knowledge is owned and used, and how knowledge is owned and used is crucially important for development. In this article I analyse the trade offs that countries face in pursuing three objectives in governing the ownership and use of knowledge: the desires to (1) examine patent applications quickly, (2) assure high quality in patents granted, and (3) preserve resources. I present the three objectives as a 'trilemma', whereby only two of three can be maximised simultaneously. I examine diverse national and international responses to the trilemma, and I make the case for emphasising high quality of patent examination as the most important objective. The article thus advances a case for developing countries to invest resources - individually and collectively - in improving patent quality

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Additional Information: © 2013 Mattersburger Kreis für Entwicklungspolitik
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 16:03
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:05

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