Washington Examiner discusses Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and sovereign patent funds (SPFs)
SPFs that are focused on research and pooling knowledge rather than on lobbing lawsuits
can serve to improve access and spurn [sic: !] innovation.
They can be an asset for small companies and start-ups,
monetize quality patents and guide them through Byzantine aspects of
international patent law. But the cocktail of economic nationalism, deep pockets
and regulatory clout seems too tempting for many U.S. trading partners to abstain.
A comprehensive TPP provides an opportunity to correct the problem, rather than further
open the door to government-funded patent war.