Governing Science: Patent & Public Sector Research

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Title Governing Science: Patent & Public Sector Research
Author Sherman, Brad
Journal Name International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law
Year Published 1995
Place of publication Germany
Publisher Verlag CH Beck
Abstract while recognising that public sector research has long been managed by a wide variety of practices and techniques, this paper concentrates on the increasingly important role that patents are playing in the management and regulation of public sector research. It argues that as a specific form of technology, patents play a significant and growing role in facilitating the management of the scientific object and can also be seen as a particular instance of governmentality. More specifically, it argues that patents have had an important impact on the culture and political economy of science. In this sense patents can be seen not only as a legal regime that provides limited property rights over technical information but also as a sophisticated tool of discipline and control that is used to regulate and manage public sector research. The paper suggests that with the increasing use of patents as a means of governing science, we are witnessing the growing juridification of science, the intervention of the law into an arena it hitherto largely ignored.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 26
Page from 15
Page to 19
ISSN 0018-9855
Date Accessioned 1996-01-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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