(via Troppo Armadillo)

I blogged the other day about the patent research exception, and specifically, the new ACIP report recommending (like the ALRC before it) a new exception for research use of patented inventions. Timely, then, to note this study by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the effect of patents on research. Some indication that people have been finding patents getting in the way of research (16% affected; 40% of those who had acquired patented technology), but also high use of the patent system by researchers (over half those who created IP; but note the study includes both academic and industry researchers). High use of patents on research tools in particular (just under half of those who used IP to protect their invention).