This module features teaching notes for Reforming U.S. Patent Policy: Getting the Incentives Right by author Keith E. Maskus, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report acknowledges the importance of patent protection for innovation but also warns against blind adherence to the mantra that more protection will necessarily produce more innovation.
Reforms of the U.S. patent system have made it too easy to obtain and defend patents and more costly to challenge patent decisions, thereby limiting the competition of ideas, discouraging innovation, and ultimately reducing U.S. competitiveness, argues a new Council Special Report.
Speaker: Keith Maskus Introductory Speaker: Aimee Carter Presider: Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Keith Maskus, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of a new Council Special Report on patents, discusses U.S. patent policy with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Maurice R. Greenburg Center for geoeconomic studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A critique of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's practice of denying patents for new financial services products unless they are connected to the "technological arts." The article shows that this restriction on patentability has no grounding in U.S. patent law or precedent and does little to address the larger and more important issue of dwindling patent quality.
The Doha Declaration on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and Public Health was adopted at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha on November 14, 2001. The agreement regards access to affordable medicines.
U.S. trade is increasingly dependent on high-technology and innovation-intensive goods. Many companies share a reliance on innovation and export and, therefore, an interest in ensuring adequate intellectual property protection for their products worldwide. This report examiens the scourge of piracy, which affects the symbols of U.S. economic strength and greatest hope for the future--modern information-intensive industries.
The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, also known as the TRIPS Agreement, entered into force on January 1, 1995. The WTO states that the agreement "introduced intellectual property rules into the multilateral trading system for the first time".
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.