A Patent System for the 21st Century - Preview of a New Book by the US National Academies of Science (link)

June 17, 2004

Washington, 16 Jun 2004

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Yale University President Richard Levin and retired Xerox Senior Vice President Mark Myers co-chaired a committee which considered the impact of IPR policies on performance and communication of academic research, mobility of highly trained personnel, initial and subsequent innovation, and competition and industry structure. The final report of the committee, A Patent System for the 21st Century, is available as a prepublication from the STEP Board (contact Craig Schultz ) or can be read online.

Outline of the book's seven recommendations for a patent system for the 21st century:

  • Preserve an open-ended, unitary, flexible patent system.

  • Reinvigorate the non-obviousness standard.

  • Institute an Open Review procedure.

  • Strengthen USPTO capabilities.

  • Shield some research uses of patented inventions from liability for infringement.

  • Modify or remove the subjective elements of litigation.

  • Reduce redundancies and inconsistencies among national patent systems.
  • Read online or order the forthcoming paperback version

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