- Elena Pérez Carrillo added an answer:Is there a sufficient protection of intellectual property in the research environment?In recent discussions I have been repeatedly told that some research environments are 'unsafe' places to create innovative work. Has anyone got any experience of this?I would differentiate patents from copyright Productive patents lead to creation of goods and procedures that are of interests for humankind and progress (so they should, of course). Over protection should not be allowed. But, research with no protection at all is -I believe- impossible. Inventors need investors and markets. First to be able to study to create. Then to sell. Big corporations can patent their work. They can employ experts to invent for them. Then can buy licences, and can put products into markets. But big corporations amount only to a small percentage of industry (ie in Europe). Many SME, as well as Universities and research centers are involved in research. But, they have great difficulties to bring their inventions to the market. IF SME/Unis achieve inventions of economic and social interest, they are bound to have to licence in a very complex marketplace, where big corporations have negotiation expertise,a s well as scientific and financial resources. The playing field is very unleveled Patents Law shoud-I believe- cover only productive creations. Then, defense rights against infringements ought to be strenghen. (at present patent litigation is so expensive that SME can harly afford a defense agains infringement by big corporations, so they are bound to accept uneven licence agreements, or to maintain their inventions as a "trade secret"). True innovators (including SME/Unis) deserve a fair system that acknowledges their investment etc. This is where, -I submit- affordable Patent insurance form SME/Unis can be very useful.Following
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What could legislators and legal stuff do to support, help and improve scientific research in any field ? What kind of rules do you think are missing ? Which rules would help, and which ones are creating obstacles and delays by any means ?