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.
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