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Houston, We've Got A [Provisional] Problem: An Analysis Of 35 U.S.C. § 154(D), Brian L. Tremer Jan 2012

Houston, We've Got A [Provisional] Problem: An Analysis Of 35 U.S.C. § 154(D), Brian L. Tremer

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This article considers the inherent problems in granting provisional patent rights and the resulting tension between patent applicants and the public domain. Patent law is designed to encourage innovation and incentivize creation. To this end, there must be a balance struck between the private rights granted to a creator and the rights removed from the public. Patents, once issued, allow individuals to seize a limited monopoly over their intellectual property as a constitutional right. These exclusive rights provide incentive to disclose new works to society and thus justify weakening the public’s rights. 35 U.S.C. § 154(d) grants ...