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The Great Patent Debate

At Science Progress, Timothy Caulfield discusses whether gene patents hurt research. He says that his studies "revealed lots of researcher concern about gene patents, but little evidence that they are actually having a detrimental impact on the research environment." Still, Caulfield calls for better, more robust studies of the benefits and harms of patents on research. "This will allow for a more informed debate on the fundamental patent tradeoff: that is, the granting of a limited-term monopoly for the benefit of society," he says.

HT: Patent Docs