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The Future of the Patent System
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The Future of the Patent System

9781781000533 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ryo Shimanami, School of Law, Kobe University, Japan
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 78100 053 3 Extent: 400 pp
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.

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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.

With detailed and extensive contributions, this book will greatly appeal to students, practitioners, policymakers and academics who are interested in the problems of current patent system in the world and their future.
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‘. . . this book, with its copious footnoting and detailed index, provides an excellent research tool for anyone professionally involved in the implementation and designing of patents and specifically of patent systems.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine
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Contributors: T.G. Agitha, G. Carmichael, S. Elahi, N.S. Gopalakrishan, K. Karachalios, J.P. Kesan, V.Y.M. Kunisawa, M.A. Lemley, C. McGinley, K. Motohashi, N. Nakayama, C. Neppel, Y. Omori, Z. Ping, B. Rutz, R. Shimanami, F. Yasuda
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Contents:

Foreword
Nobuhiro Nakayama

Preface: Patent System at the Crossroads
Yoichi Omori

Introduction
Ryo Shimanami

PART I: ESSENCE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE PATENT SYSTEM
1. Current Situation and Vision of the Patent System: From the Perspective of Jurisprudence
Ryo Shimanami

2. Current Situation and Vision of the Patent System: From the Perspective of Economics
Kazuyuki Motohashi

3. Ignoring Patents
Mark A. Lemley

PART II: TRILATERAL AREA AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR PATENT SYSTEMS
4. The Future of IP in Europe
Clara Neppel, Berthold Rutz, Guy Carmichael, Konstantinos Karachalios, Shirin Elahi and Ciaran McGinley

5. Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: The Future of U.S. Patent Law
Jay P. Kesan

6. Issues and Possible Solutions in Japan: Patent Filing Activities of Japanese Companies, Resulting Backlog Problem, and Possible Solutions
Futoshi Yasuda

PART III: DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR PATENT SYSTEMS
7. The Indian Patent System: The Road Ahead
N.S. Gopalakrishanan and T.G. Agitha

8. The Brazilian Patent System: Challenges for the Future
Viviane Yumy Mitsuuchi Kunisawa

9. Review and Perspective of the Chinese Patent System
Zhang Ping

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