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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.
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Michele and I have long pointed out the human cost of pharmaceutical patents during the AIDS crisis in Africa (and were hardly the first to do so). Via Andy Neumeyer a new film documenting just how bad it was. Trailer here
Via Werner Ploberger - the sad tale of reconstructing (or not...) missing episodes of Dr. Who
Via Randy Ray: Patent trolls
Joseph Jackson draws our attention to Project Marilyn a crowd funded effort to develop a promising anti-cancer drug unencumbered by patents. Check it out, and think about contributing. Often missing from our thinking is that the beneficiaries of a drug are not just those people that use it - but also all us who might use it.
From Rafael Magri
Today I was reading a book called "The Omnivore's Dilema" and came accross something that I believe could be useful in your line of research (and I don't remember reading about it anywhere else).
Cecil Quillen points us to the Partnership for American Innovation an organization devoted to making sure nobody ever innovates again...
Not all innovations are patented, and the question of how many is fundamental to understanding what is going on. Cecil Quillen points us to a careful new paper by R. Fontana, A. Nuvolari, H. Shimizu, A. Vezzulli attaching the issue.
Sadly patent trolls really do inhibit innovation: new research from Catherine Tucker. (Thanks to Jim Bessen and Cecil Quillen for this.)
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