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Patent Law Basics SI 519 / PubPol 688 Bryce Pilz Fall 2008 Class 5 – October 3, 2008
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Why do we have patent laws?
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Why? “The Congress shall have the power… To Promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries .”
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Rationale “The exclusive right to invention is given not of natural right but for the benefit of society.” Thomas Jefferson, 1813
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Rationale To advance the state of technology available to the public. Supreme Court: 1)To foster and reward invention; 2)To promote disclosure of inventions, to stimulate further innovation and to permit the public to practice the invention once the patent expires; and 3) stringent requirements for patent protection seek to assure that ideas in the public domain remain there for the free use of the public.
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What can be patented?
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What Can Be Patented? Sec. 101 “Process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter (or any new and useful improvement thereof)” Source: U.S. Constitution, Section 101
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What Can Be Patented? “everything under the sun that is made by man” Source: Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)
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BY: rednuht ( flickr ) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
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BY: hthg1983 ( flickr ) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
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Source: http://www.priceline.com/
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Source: http://www.amazon.com/
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BY: Michael Ströck ( Wikipedia ) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_Licens e
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BY: i_am_softlad ( flickr ) http://creativecommons.org/licenses /by-sa/2.0/deed.en
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and natural phenomena
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