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Title: The impact of effective patents on future innovations in nanomedicine
Authors: Bosetti, Rita 
Vereeck, Lode 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst, 1 (1), p. 37-43
Abstract: The success of nanomedicine is dependent upon an effective protection of IP rights. Unfortunately, the US nanomedicine patent system is dysfunctional because long R&D procedures as well as the patent pendency are insufficiently taken into account. This could be solved by changing the patent-protection starting point and increasing the capacity of the US PTO. The nanotechnology industry also suffers from overlapping patents. This could be avoided by improving the expertise of the PTO, using a more accurate definition of nanotechnology and devising a generally accepted nomenclature that enhances prior-art searches. To avoid disputes, inference practices and strategic patenting can be used. In the case of a dispute, parties can fall back on re-examination, cross-licensing and patent litigation. Cross-licensing agreements are recommended since they allows parties to access technology, create synergies and exclude third-party competitors. Solving the patent problems in the nanotechnology industry is a necessary step for future success.
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ISSN: 2046-8962
DOI: 10.4155/ppa.11.4
Category: A2
Type: Journal Contribution
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