To achieve the policy goals of ultimate innovation, the government should provide incentives to encourage the patentees to donate, rather than abandon, their "orphan" patents to universities, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations with research and development facilities that can properly exploit the patents. The authors advocate for the implementation of incentives that would encourage donors to surrender their monopolistic ownership of patents for the benefit of charitable organizations and, in tum, the development and growth of society.
Praeger Perspectives: Intellectual property and information wealth: issues and practices in the digital age
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Xuan-Thao Nguyen & Jeffrey A. Maine,
Patent Donations and Tax Policy,
Available at: http://digitalcommons.mainelaw.maine.edu/faculty-publications/62