List of expiration dating of drug patents
As the result of some complicated legislative history, Public Domain Day will now occur every Jan. After that, works published by authors who died 70 years earlier will enter the public domain each year.
The invention may concern a new pharmaceutical substance, or a new manufacturing process for a known pharmaceutical substance, or a new use or indication of a known pharmaceutical substance, or a new formulation.
The life cycle of a drug, from experimental molecule to branded drug to generic drug, is something to celebrate if allowed to run its course with integrity.
On Public Domain Day, it might even be fair to mourn drugs for which companies have engaged in diabolical schemes to delay the entry of their inventions into the public domain without justification (which is to say that some delays are justified, such as when a drug is meaningfully improved).
The opportunity to choose between multiple editions of classic texts will bring down prices, increasing accessibility.
Creative parodies, such as 2009’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” will abound.