[Ip-health] Recent U.S. legislation on Innovation in Energy and Agricultural sectors, dealing with prizes and patents.

James Love james.love at keionline.org
Tue Oct 5 05:10:39 PDT 2010


Recent U.S. legislation on Innovation in Energy and Agricultural
sectors, dealing with prizes and patents
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The following are three KEI blogs describing recent U.S. legislation on
Innovation in the Energy and Agricultural sectors, dealing with prizes
and patents.

The first concerns two new innovation inducement prize funds in a 2007
Act concerning energy.  

The second is a compulsory licensing program for patents in the field of
energy Storage technologies.  

The third concerns legislation proposed, but not enacted, that would
have overridden patent license terms concerning the use of patented
seeds -- for farmers who choose to pay into a government run "Patented
Seed Fund" that in turn rewards "appropriate patent holders."   

All of these measures are designed to deal with market failures,
including under investment in certain types of R&D, inadequate sharing
of technology among firms, or abuses of patent rights.  All are also
designed to exclusively benefit U.S. firms and U.S. legal residents.  

Jamie


The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Innovation Inducement
Prizes  http://keionline.org/node/959

Compulsory licensing of patents under United States Energy Storage
Competitiveness Act of 2007 http://keionline.org/node/958

Marcy Kaptur's bill to create a compulsory license for patented seeds:
the Seed Availability and Competition Act of 2009
http://keionline.org/node/957



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