Policy ForumINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Reforming the Patent System

Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1933-1934
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1933

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The costs of the intellectual property system in the United States are growing significantly faster than the amount of research. This article proposes three responses: to raise the standards for patentability, to decrease the use of patents to bar research, and to ease legal attack on patents of questionable validity.