Ethics and the Legal Environment

Read Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources by Eduardo Porter on p. 393 of the textbook.

After reading the article, please answer the following questions using content from your research.

  1. What is a patent troll? Please provide a modern-day example of a patent troll. Is there anything unethical about patent trolling? Explain.
  2. The author of the article points to problems created by over-patenting. What are they? What are the potential problems with an IPR system that does not provide enough protection for inventors? Research and discuss an example of over-patenting.
  3. Who are the stakeholders in the scenario involving patenting clean energy systems? How would a free market ethicist analyze it? A utilitarian? A deontologist? Please explain your responses.
  4. The United States became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1970. See: 

Ethics and the Legal Environment

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