The Yale Law Journal

Peter Lee


Patent Law and the Two Cultures

Peter Lee

120 Yale L.J. 2 (2010). 

A half-century ago, author and physicist C.P. Snow warned of a “gulf of mutual incomprehension” between the liberal arts and sciences. Snow’s “Two Cultures” thesis is particularly relevant to patent law, a realm where law and science intersect. Drawing on Snow’s framework, …


Patents, Paradigm Shifts, and Progress in Biomedical Science

Peter Lee

114 Yale L.J. 661 (2004)

This Note applies the concept of paradigm shifts from the history and philosophy of science to describe how patents on biomedical research tools--inputs to basic research--can help advance scientific theory. Patents on research tools frustrate scientific norms of sharing and …