LINKS --Domestic, Foreign and Nuisance Patents Biotech

Material Fellow jbuch1 at pacbell.net
Sun May 17 15:08:07 EST 1998

react at ix.netcom.com wrote:

> Nuisance patent filing, by the way, is a common strategy employed by
> nearly every patenting organization.
In fact, I remember reading articles that the Japanese are masters at
this.  They will file patents around any outside original idea, and try
to dilute and wear down the will of the outsider.  This is, of course,
on their home ground.


for a discussion relating to:
> Japan will also exercise its responsibility in working to bring into effect the agreement that established the
> World Trade Organization on January 1.
> Specifically, the government will promote international coordination of its intellectual property system
> through such actions as ecactment of revised Patent Law and Trade Mark Law (for example, having
> uniform patent durations, and allowing patent applications in their original languages), and it will quickly
> provide the domestic structure needed to promote fair trade. As for the relationship between Japan and the
> United States, the government will endeavor with nultilateral rules to bring the frmework talks to a
> conclusion as soon as possible and to extablish broad cooperation.

Another site worth looking at on the patent problem is:


Which discusses privitization and similarities to the Japanese system.

Others are:

http://www.iijnet.or.jp/shimiz/english/index.html   (has lots of
international links too)

    (about japan sending Director of patent office to China to complain
of intellectual piracy.... kind of getting back what they give?)

http://sunsite.unc.edu/patents/txt/081794.txt  (stuff on Japan treaty
and on the problems / processing of software patents.)

http://www.fplc.edu/ipmall/   (Franklin Pierce Law Center - Intellectual
Property Mall, #1 rated Intellectual Property law school )

http://www.trudelgroup.com/bookr3.htm   (kind of fun)

http://itri.loyola.edu/ep/c3s2.htm  (a different view of technology /
management / patent purposes)

Complaints against Japan include: the yen was kept artificially low
until 1985; there are numerous
import and investment barriers; the patent application process is
complex and lengthy, allowing domestic
firms to develop similar technologies before foreign firms' patents have
been approved; patent coverage is
defined too narrowly; the government uses subsidies and legal
concessions to encourage certain domestic
firms to merge, form cartels, or engage in other cooperative

   (an Office of Naval Research report)

http://www.derwent.com/news/01110003rns00001.htm  (about
counterproductive patenting around public domain research)

http://www.cba.unige.it/VL/bleicher.html  (biotech links)

UBC researchers spend $36 million per year in medical/health based
research. The university encourages
faculty and staff to disclose all possible inventions. The
Industry/Liaison Office then licenses the resulting
biotechnology patents to companies with pockets sufficiently deep to
cover development costs.

(MIT tops list of Universities with faculty, students forming major
biotech drug companies)

(By early 1996, Celgene held the exclusive patents from Rockefeller for
thalidomide's use in leprosy and wasting.) 

(Biotech Patents Distort and Discourage
Innovation and Increase Costs for Dubious Drugs)

(The European Union moved closer to resolving an emotional debate over
genetic engineering Thursday when ministers agreed on rules governing
patents for biotechnology inventions.)

(Bio Patents: The Controversy )

the fruits of biotechnological research are legally protected from
appropriation by others by the law of intellectual property. It can
provide monopoly protection to individual researchers who discover
scientific advances and was initially met with great controversy,
particularly when government funding (which supports over 90% of all
research nationwide) was used to develop the advances. Slowly but
however, as researchers saw their colleagues benefiting from the results
of licensing their technology, the scientific credo became not "publish
or perish", but "patent or perish". The field of intellectual property
comprises Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets all of
which are intended to protect the intellectual endeavors of those whose
creative or scientific talents can benefit us all.... 
( The Conceptual Structure of an Intellectual Land-Grab  )

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It's there, but no one can detect it.

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