Lecture at NALSAR on patents and innovations
On August 7 I gave a lecture for 4th year students at NALSAR on patents and innovation. This lecture gave an introduction to how scientific discoveries and technological innovations are made and why current patent laws are problematic in the light of the research and development process. Law students learn about legal issues of intellectual property but they do not learn about the processes of research and innovation.
The history of electricity, the Human Genome Project and current patenting/licencing practices in the field of pharmacology were used to illustrate the need for a paradigm shift in order to protect intellectual property in a fair and just way for both the inventor and the potential beneficiaries.