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Briefing Date:04/19/2004
Topic:A Patent System for the 21st Century

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Policy and Global Affairs
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy

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Congressional Briefing
Monday, April 19, 2004 -- 2:00 p.m.
B351A Rayburn House Office Bldg.

on

A Patent System for the 21st Century

In light of questions raised in the National Academies report, Securing America's Industrial Strength, the Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy initiated an assessment of the effects of changes in intellectual property rights (IPR) policies -- i.e. patents, copyrights, and trade secret protection -- over the past 25 years, as well as domestic and international policy directions in the future. This new study, A Patent System for the 21st Century, considers the impact of policies on performance and communication of academic research, mobility of highly trained personnel, initial and subsequent innovation, and competition and industry structure.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on April 19, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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