The Darwin Awards

2005 At-Risk Survivor

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Science: Patents Amok
2005 At-Risk Survivor
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At-Risk Survivor to a Broken System!

The patent process has run amok. "Discoveries [...] that would benefit the public [...] could be thwarted by an increasingly compex intellectual prperty regime," reported a National Academy of Sciences Panel. Here's an example: Metabolite Labs was charged with attempting to patent a "law of nature" regarding relative levels of vitamins and amino acids. Their response? Attorney Glen Beaton said he would "call it a guideline of nature, more than a law of nature." The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the dispute. Science 4 & 25 Nov 2005.

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