Journal Article

Patents and patent policy

Bronwyn H. Hall

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 23, issue 4, pages 568-587
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grm037
Patents and patent policy

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A patent is the legal right of an inventor to exclude others from making or using a particular invention. This right is sometimes termed an ‘intellectual property right’ and is viewed as an incentive for innovation. This article surveys the evidence on patent effectiveness in encouraging innovation and reviews the current controversies in patent policy.

Keywords: patents; intellectual property; incentives; K11; L4; O34

Journal Article.  10824 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Property Law ; Antitrust Issues and Policies ; Technological Change; Research and Development

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