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Title:Patents, Promises, and Reproducibility
Author(s):Sherkow, Jacob S.
promise doctrine
Abstract:Cutting-edge scientific research faces a global reproducibility crisis: scientists often cannot faithfully reproduce their colleagues’ experiments. Several domestic patent law doctrines would appear to mitigate this problem, including the enable? ment doctrine in the United States, the promise doctrine in Canada and the Commonwealth of Nations, and Europe’s industrial application doctrine. But these doctrines’ disconnect from scientific practice and their broader international harmonization make them weak tools to combat irreproducibility. Given the increase of cross-border scientific collaboration and uncertainty surrounding cer? tain types of new technologies, these doctrines seem to exacerbate the reproducibil? ity crisis. Making these doctrines fulfill their promises to encourage reproducible, technical disclosures will likely require effort from a variety of domestic institu? tions, including domestic patent offices, courts, legislatures, and universities.
Issue Date:2018-09-05
Publisher:Georgetown University Law Center
Citation Info:Jacob S. Sherkow, Patents, Promises, and Reproducibility, 49 Geo. J. Int'l L.J. 957 (2018)
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-08-06

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