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Patent PoliticsLife Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe$
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Shobita Parthasarathy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226437859

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226437996.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
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Patent Politics
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Shobita Parthasarathy

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226437996.003.0007

The Conclusion argues that the political machinery of patents unearthed throughout the book has implications for international legal harmonization and trade agreements as well as patent reform efforts. It suggests further that this analysis can contribute to our understanding of other highly technical policy domains. Finally, it observes that the controversies explored in this book reveal a gap in the governance of the moral and socioeconomic impacts of technologies broadly—notably that policymakers must balance procedurally objective and systematic decisionmaking with responsiveness to the public—which the US and European patent systems have only partially and awkwardly covered but which contemporary societies must learn how to address.

Keywords:   patent reform, international legal harmonization, trade agreements, technical policy, morality, socioeconomic impacts, patent system, governance, technology, objectivity

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