Patents & commercialisation issues; the Indian “Bayh-Dole”

http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/indian-patent-bill-let-s-not-be-too-hasty.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=en_opinions
An article in SciDev Net earlier in the month talked about the possible introduction of a law in India to promote technology transfer by encouraging an increase in university patenting.  The new law is inspired by the US Bayh-Dole Act (background to this act can be found on the AUTM website: http://www.autm.net/aboutTT/aboutTT_bayhDoleAct.cfm)
The SciDev article calls for more debate, as there are concerns the legislation has been pulled together too quickly.  The Spicy IP blog is tracking the development of this bill http://spicyipindia.blogspot.com/search/label/Bayh%20Dole.  (In fact, it was one of SpicyIPs bloggers who wrote the piece for SciDev Net.)  The discussions around this issue are interesting as they raise important questions about commercialisation and the provision for public goods that could be of interest those in the CGIAR.

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One response to “Patents & commercialisation issues; the Indian “Bayh-Dole”

  1. The US Bayh Dole Act has always been the model to push commercialization for public goods in developing countries. Most IP trainings that i attended highlight Bayh-Dole’s success. India was influenced to put the same and Philippines too. The Philippines HB 3270 is basically patterned after US Bayh-Dole Act: HB03270 [History]
    AN ACT PROVIDING THE FRAMEWORK AND SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, USE, AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GENERATED FROM R&D FUNDED BY GOVERNMENT

    But what to do, is there a better law/model/option for developing countries to adopt? Alternatives must be presented and not just comments/debates!

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