How Patents Can Help Those Interested in the Environment and World Health

By F. Scott Kieff
October 01, 2007
It has become fashionable to argue that patents frustrate important social goals like protecting the environment and world health. This essay addresses some representative concerns relating to patents that appear to be prevalent in the environmental literature and in public debates about world health, and shows how a strong patent system can be better seen as an important part of the solution, not part of the problem....