Patent sense

Herrling, Paul
September 2007
Nature;9/13/2007, Vol. 449 Issue 7159, p174
Academic Journal
The article discusses the importance of protecting intellectual property with patents for pharmaceutical companies to discover and develop new drugs for the developing countries. A patent is defined as a grant by the state of exclusive rights for a limited time in respect of a new and useful invention. However, these rights usually entail that only the innovator or a person or entity licensed by the innovator can sell products based on the invention. In addition, it is only when patents are used excessively to protect information that the system is a considerable barrier to further innovation. Several countries have implemented the research exemption which allows scientists to use patent-protected technology freely and to prevent such abuse of patents.


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