Edited by Toshiko Takenaka
Chapter 14: Pharmaceutical patents
The Hatch-Waxman Act was a bold experiment that linked the patent and food and drug laws. A successful project that has been imitated around the globe, the statute nonetheless tested the foundations of intellectual property law and led to private behaviors that frustrate its public goals. This chapter reviews the history of the Hatch-Waxman Act, discusses its abuse by pharmaceutical enterprises, and considers its implications.
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