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Peter Day examines trends and developments in industry and the world of work.

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Thursday 20 January 2005

Patents Make Perfect

In a world where new ideas may be the only things that keep a company in business, the twenty years of protection offered by a patent guard and defend corporate research and development which itself costs billions. But it’s bigger than just companies. Innovation is a vital engine of progress: and patents may be at the very heart of the innovation process itself. But the way patents work has evolved over hundreds of years, and now there are real worries that the system may be breaking down. In Business asks, does the system still work in the digital age?

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Joe Kraus Founder of the search engine Excite and current owner of internet start-up Jotspot

Professor Lawrence Lessig Expert on the law of Copyright and Patents at Stanford University and author of The Future of Ideas

Bruce Lehman Head of the International Intellectual Property Institute

John Dudas Head of the US Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO

Dominique Guellec Chief Economist of the European Patent Office

Kenneth Cukier Science policy writer at the Economist

Professor Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School and Professor Adam Jaffe of Brandeis University, authors of "Innovation and its Discontents."

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