Monday, October 17, 2005

Adelphi Charter group calls for patent reform

The Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property describes the current patent system as "out of touch with reality", [Gee, what about academics who talk about a 97% patent grant rate?] and has called on governments to take more account of the public good when granting patents.

The group has also called for much shorter intellectual property ownership periods, and for developing nations to receive more attention over controlling patent information.

"The excessive use of intellectual property laws is working against the public interest, and any changes to the intellectual property legal framework should be held to a public interest test," said the organisation in a statement.


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