Patents and intellectual property rights

In economic theory, patents are seen to be an important dimension of encouraging new research breakthroughs. Though this is often correct, in an article published here I explain how patents don’t always encourage research and innovation – and in fact, can have the opposite effect.

This is especially the case when it comes to applying patents to living things and parts of the human body. Spike Boydell and I do a pretty good job at explaining why (if I say so myself :))

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