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Friday, September 12, 2008

Study recommends OA for patent info

Toward a New Era of Intellectual Property: From Confrontation to Negotiation, report of the International Expert Group on Biotechnology, Innovation and Intellectual Property, September 2008. (Thanks to Michael Geist.)
... Recommendation 15: Industry and patent offices around the world should collect patent-related information in a standard form and make this available to the public for free. Data should include information that will assist in assessing patent landscapes in targeted areas of technology, such as essential medicines. Patent databases should be linked so that a user can identify not only the patents in one country but related patents in other countries. These databases should be easily searchable. ...