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Research Use of Patented Knowledge: A Review


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  • Chris Dent
  • Paul Jensen
  • Sophie Waller
  • Beth Webster


This Working Paper reviews issues related to research access to patented inventions, with a particular focus on the role of research exemptions (or experimental use exemptions) in protecting such access. It outlines factors that may affect the ability of researchers to access patented inventions for legitimate research purposes, it reviews evidence of current and anticipated limitations on access, and explores different options for the formulation of research exemptions that balance research use and patent holder’s rights. Le présent document du travail passe en revue les questions concernant l’accès des chercheurs aux inventions brevetées, en examinant notamment le rôle que les exemptions de recherche (ou les exemptions pour utilisation expérimentale) jouent dans la protection de cet accès. Le document souligne les facteurs pouvant affecter la capacité des chercheurs s’accéder aux inventions brevetées à des fins de recherche légitimes, examine les indices concernant les limites actuelles ou prévues imposées à l’accès et étudie les différents options permettant de formuler des exemptions de recherche qui maintiennent un juste équilibre entre l’utilisation des inventions à des fins de recherche et les droits des titulaires des brevets.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers with number 2006/2.

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Date of creation: 17 Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaaa:2006/2-en

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  1. Bruno Van Pottelsberghe & Dominique Guellec, 2008. "Patents and academic research: a state of the art," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/6187, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Paul H. Jensen & Elizabeth Webster, 2010. "Do Patents Alter the Direction of Scientific Inquiry? Evidence from a Survey of Academic Scientists," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2010n18, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.


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