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The great pharmaceutical patent robbery, and the curious case of the Chemical Foundation
Intellectual Property Quarterly (2010)
  • Christopher Wadlow, University of East Anglia
Abstract

In 1918, the United States confiscated virtually all German-owned intellectual property assets within its jurisdiction. Out of 6,000 patents in the chemical field, 4,500 were assigned for a very modest consideration to an newly-established entity, the Chemical Foundation, which was incorporated with the objective of licensing and managing them for the benefit of the United States chemical industry. This article describes the origins and activities of the Chemical Foundation, and considers whether it provides a useful model, or at least useful lessons, for the collective management of patents today.

Keywords
  • Patents,
  • legal history,
  • United States of America,
  • Alien Property Custodian,
  • Chemical Foundation,
  • Pharmaceuticals
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Christopher Wadlow. "The great pharmaceutical patent robbery, and the curious case of the Chemical Foundation" Intellectual Property Quarterly (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_wadlow/30/