The Future of the Patent System

The Future of the Patent System

Edited by Ryo Shimanami

In a rapidly changing world, the underlying philosophies, the rationale and the appropriateness of patent law have come under question. In this insightful collection, the authors undertake a careful examination of existing patent systems and their prospects for the future. Scholars and practitioners from Japan, the US, Europe, India, Brazil and China give detailed analyses of current and likely future problems with their respective systems, and outline possible responses to them.

Chapter 2: Current situation and vision of the patent system: from the perspective of economics

Kazuyuki Motohashi

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, law - academic, asian law, intellectual property law


The purpose of the Japanese Patent Act is stipulated as follows: “The purpose of this Act is, through promoting the protection and the utilization of inventions, to encourage inventions, and thereby to contribute to the development of industry” (Article 1 of the Act). I would like to suggest what the patent system should be like in order “to contribute to the development of industry” after organizing issues from an economics perspective in this chapter.

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