[Ip-health] Patent thickets

Outterson, Kevin mko at bu.edu
Thu Aug 21 07:26:50 PDT 2014

Short answer to a complex question:  US states cannot issue patents (federal law under the Constitution) but US state governments have a measure of immunity from IP infringement litigation (the 1999 Florida Prepaid case) and they have a plausible eminent domain power (with just compensation) over property. The District of Columbia passed legislation to that effect in 2005, but it was struck down on pre-emption and commerce clause grounds.  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v. The District of Columbia, et al., Memorandum Opinion of December 22, 2005 at 12-18. (D.C. DC 2005). Both the law and the litigation strategy could have significantly improved the chances for DC.  My short paper from 2005 is here:  http://www.reducedrugprices.org/av.asp?na=26.  

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On Aug 21, 2014, at 9:19 AM, George Carter <gmcfiar at gmail.com> wrote:

> An article on patent thickets:
> http://law.unh.edu/assets/images/uploads/publications/idea-vol53-no1-woolman-fishman-fisher.pdf 
> Thoughts?
> Also: I am still trying to figure out if a STATE (like Oregon) can issue a compulsory license?
> (As opposed to a "state actor" like Romania or the United States).
> George M. Carter
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