Patents, Innovation and Economic Performance

OECD Conference Proceedings

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This publication presents a collection of the policy-oriented empirical studies and stakeholders' views designed to show how patent regimes can contribute more efficiently to innovation and economic performance.  Topics covered include the links between patents and economic performance, changes in patent regimes, patents and entrepreneurship, patents and diffusion of technology, IPR for software and technology, and current and future policy challenges.




Enabling Innovation, Encouraging Investment

Intellectual Property and Genomic Entrepreneurship

This paper presents a case study, the story of Affymetrix, whose GeneChip technology leverages techniques from the semiconductor industry to package genetic information onto a chip, or array, about the size of a thumbnail. Patent systems have served the economy remarkably well over the years, and the success enjoyed at Affymetrix is certainly an example of that. So the question is not whether patents are right or wrong, but how high the bar is set in the granting of patents for naturally occurring gene sequences, because where that bar rests in the stream of research determines how ...


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