Trade treaties and patent policy: searching for a balanced approach
Patents were originally designed to encourage technological innovation, which would not otherwise occur, and which create spillover benefits. Careful design is needed to ensure patents do not provide windfall benefits to inventions which would take place absent patents. Further, for the grant of a patent to be economically rational the patented invention must have a reasonable probability of providing spillover (dynamic growth) benefits that exceed monopoly (static inefficiency) losses. This...[Show more]
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