Supreme Court Screws Pfizer – Viagra is Now Public Domain in Canada

On November 8th, the SCC stripped Pfizer of its patent because the company would not disclose sufficient detail about how the little blue pill actually works. Therefore: no patent.

The patent system is based on a “bargain”, or quid pro quo: the inventor is granted exclusive rights in a new and useful invention for a limited period in exchange for disclosure of the invention so that society can benefit from this knowledge. This is the basic policy rationale underlying the Act. The patent bargain encourages innovation and advances science and technology.

The benefits due to society from limited IP protections were violated. This is the crux of the SCC’s ruling.

Canadian Supreme Court puts Viagra in the public domain because Pfizer wouldn’t disclose enough of its workings – Boing Boing

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