Patent Rights Do Not Hinder Research

A report on a survey conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science details how international intellectual property rights are affecting scientists' ability to conduct research.  AAAS_IP_Survey_Report.pdf (477 KB)

According to the report, patents do not hinder research: 32% of the 2,117 U.S. respondents had acquired rights to use a patented technology, method, or material and of this group, only 32% reported having had difficulty accessing the technology. 

See also AAAS’ slides from its 2006 IP Workshop.




The 10% who have problems *after* licensing excludes those who can't afford the price of licensing, or are in litigation.

Also I don't see how this is split accross industrys - The pharmacutical industry for all it's faults seems to be managing patents far better than the software industry, and there will be varying levels of success and problems depending on the type of science and the industry it's in.

Or do these results just limit themselves to a subset of science that is pure physics, biology and chemistry?

From the presentation it looks like the results are exclusively for pure science in academic institutions in the unites states - hardly representative of research and development worldwide across all industry.

So... it's OK to retard only 10% of science?

Let me get this straight. 1/3 of the respondents reported having problems accessing technology, yet patents do not hinder research. Seems a bit contradictory to me.