by Patrick Hagan –

Reach through royalties (RTRs) allow companies that license patented research tools to profit from inventions created by others using these tools. Support for RTRs is split; some disfavor them for their potential anti-commons effects, while others believe RTRs provide important services, such as research tool valuation. This piece argues that RTRs should be allowed, outlining their current use in the United States and the financial implications for both tool licensers and researchers.

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