Outsourcing the Fire of Genius: The Effects of Patent Infringement Jurisprudence on Pharmaceutical Drug Development

October 30, 2006

The outsourcing of jobs and technology is a particularly sensitive issue facing the U.S. economy today. The drug development activities of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry offer an instructive case study to contextualize the situation. The U.S. pharmaceutical industry is one of the most productive and competitive industries in the world. Pharmaceutical research is an activity of utmost importance to this country. Sustaining its growth in the United States is considered fundamental to both the health care system and the economy. Outsourcing threatens to move the drug development segment of this industry and its technology and jobs outside of the United States.

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