Social contract theory in patent law

Posted by Unknown on Thursday, December 03, 2009 with No comments
This is a linkfest of articles which might be useful in discussing the social contract theory of patent law (which has its origins in Liardet v Johnson) :
  • Ghosh, Shubha , Patents and the Regulatory State: Rethinking the Patent Bargain Metaphor after Eldred (August 9, 2004). Available at SSRN: or doi:10.2139/ssrn.574141
  • Mueller, Nicole Sigrid, Should Research Tools Be Patentable? Troubles & Chances of Patenting Research Tools in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology (August 31, 2008). Available at SSRN:
  • Mark A. Lemley, Ex Ante versus Ex Post Justifica tions for Intellectual Property, 71 U. CHIC. L. REV. 129, 149 (2004).
  • Dan L. Burk & Mark A. Lemley, Policy Levers in Patent Law, 89 VA. L. REV. 1576, 1648-1652 (2004).
  • Jay P. Kesan & Mark Banik, Patents as Incomplete Contracts: Aligning Incentives for R&d Investment with Incentives to Disclose Prior Art, 2 WASH. U. J. L. & POL'Y 23 (2000).
  • Anita L. Allen, Social Contract Theory in American Case Law, 51. FLA. L. REV. 1, 33-35 (1999).
  • Murray, Fiona. Stern, Scott. June 2005. Do Formal Intellectual Property Rights Hinder the Free Flow of Scientific Knowledge? An Empirical Test of the Anti-Commons Hypothesis. Prepared for NBER Academic Science and Entrepreneurship Conference. Working Paper No. 11465.