[CHMINF-L] Do intellectual property rights on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation?

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Eugen Leitl

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Mar 28, 2013, 10:50:34 AM3/28/13
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From: Robert C Michaelson <rmic...@northwestern.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:47:34 +0000
To: chminf-l <chmi...@list.indiana.edu>
Subject: [CHMINF-L] Do intellectual property rights on existing technologies
hinder subsequent innovation?
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An interesting economic study:
"By linking a number of different datasets that had not previously been used by researchers, Williams was able to measure when genes were sequenced, which genes were held by Celera's intellectual property, and what subsequent investments were made in scientific research and product development on each gene. Williams' conclusion points to a persistent 20-30 percent reduction in subsequent scientific research and product development for those genes held by Celera's intellectual property."
http://observationalepidemiology.blogspot.com/2013/03/intellectual-property.html

In some - though by no means all - cases, the granting of a patent seems to decrease innovation.

Bob Michaelson
retired librarian
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