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The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it

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The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the generic companies which illegally copy the patented molecules. Because the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry will have a minimal impact on the number of companies which illegally copy patented molecules.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

A) Will pharmaceutical industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

B) Is a small minority of companies responsible for the majority of illegal copying of molecules?

C) Do many companies which illegally copy the patented molecules share their products with other companies?

D) Will new dedicated enforcement agency permit the pharmaceutical industry to more quickly and easily identify companies who illegally copy patented molecules?

E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behaviour of those companies which illegally copy patented molecules?
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19 Feb 2013, 14:18
Vercules wrote:
The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the generic companies which illegally copy the patented molecules. Because the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry will have a minimal impact on the number of companies which illegally copy patented molecules.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

A) Will pharmaceutical industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

B) Is a small minority of companies responsible for the majority of illegal copying of molecules?

C) Do many companies which illegally copy the patented molecules share their products with other companies?

D) Will new dedicated enforcement agency permit the pharmaceutical industry to more quickly and easily identify companies who illegally copy patented molecules?

E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behaviour of those companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

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Conclusion :- The author concludes that since only a few no of companies will be prosecuted, the actions will have a minimal impact on other non prosecuted companies.

Assumption :- The author assumes that prosecution of few companies will not have a deterrent effect on other companies.

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Option A :- not correct, this option talks about PI resources not about the impact of prosecution on companies.
Option B :- not correct, the passage is not concerned with the impact to illegal copying of molecules, it is concerned with the impact of prosecution on the non prosecuted companies
Option C :- not correct, this option does not talk about impact of prosecution to companies.
Option D :- Out of scope
Option E :- Correct, a Yes/No answer to this question will either strengthen or break the conclusion.

IMO :- E
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The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the generic companies which illegally copy the patented molecules. Because the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry will have a minimal impact on the number of companies which illegally copy patented molecules.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

The argument concludes that the prosecution of a small number of generic companies that copy the patented molecules illegally will have a minimal impact on the overall number of generic companies that engage in illegal copying. The correct answer must relate specifically to this issue and provide additional insight as to whether it seems reasonable.

A) Will pharmaceutical industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

One premise of the argument states that the pharmaceutical industry does not have the resources to prosecute all companies which copy the patented molecules illegally; while a second premise states the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is limited. These statements indicate that the legal resources of the pharmaceutical industry are too limited to have a major impact on the overall number of generic companies which engage in illegal copying, no matter how these lawyers dedicate their time.

B) Is a small minority of companies responsible for the majority of illegal copying of molecules?

If a small minority of generic companies were responsible for the majority of illegal copying, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry could have a significant impact on the number of copied molecules. The conclusion of the argument, however, was about the number of generic companies that copied patented molecules illegally; this number would remain unaffected.

C) Do many companies which illegally copy the patented molecules share their products with other companies?

Whether patented molecules are copied illegally and then shared with other companies is not relevant to the conclusion.

D) Will new dedicated enforcement agency permit the pharmaceutical industry to more quickly and easily identify companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

Similar to answer choice A, this choice is limited by the premises of the argument. If new dedicated enforcement agency permits the pharmaceutical industry to more quickly and easily identify companies which illegally copy patented molecules, then the pharmaceutical industry will know who is breaking the law. However, the lack of industry resources still restricts the industry’s ability to prosecute a large number of generic companies, even if they are identified as companies that illegally copy patented molecules.

E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behaviour of those companies which illegally copy patented molecules?

This is correct and our answer. The argument concludes that the prosecution of a small number of companies that copy the patented molecules illegally will have a minimal impact on the overall number of companies that engage in illegal copying. However, if the threat of prosecution were enough to “alter the behavior” of others (i.e., deter them from illegally copying patented molecules), the actions of the pharmaceutical industry could have a significant impact on the number of generic companies that illegally copy patented molecules.

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26 Feb 2013, 08:57
The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the generic companies which illegally copy the patented molecules. Because the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry will have a minimal impact on the number of companies which illegally copy patented molecules.
isint the bolded portion contradictory ?
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26 Feb 2013, 10:11
The pharmaceutical industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the generic companies which illegally copy the patented molecules. Because the number of companies which will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the pharmaceutical industry will have a minimal impact on the number of companies which illegally copy patented molecules.
isint the bolded portion contradictory ?

There seem no any contradiction in two bold sentences.

Pharmaceutical industry does not have ample resources to prosecute all companies that illegally copy patented molecules so the number of companies which will be charged with a crime will be limited.

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20 Oct 2014, 09:36
in the question stimulus it mentions that 'the argument concludes that the prosecution of a small number of companies that copy the patented molecules illegally will have a minimal impact on the overall number of companies that engage in illegal copying.'
but in the answer choice 'Will the threat of prosecution alter the behaviour of those companies which illegally copy patented molecules?'
since in the question stimulus we are only talking about 'the prosecution' and in the answer we are talking about 'the threat of prosecution', shouldn't this answer choice be irrelevant?
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