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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.
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Andrew Pollack reports that "Myriad Genetics retained its monopoly on a lucrative genetic test for breast cancer risk when a federal appeals court recently upheld the company's patents on two human genes and the validity of gene patents in general." It seems to me that this is so wrong as to defy any rational explanation link here.
Remembering that the constitutional basis for patents is that they encourage innovation, the patent is here granted on the wrong thing. A gene is not invented or developed. It is not a creation of human ingenuity. The patent should not be on the gene but on the process or procedure to identify it. The Appeals Court ruling pretty clearly identifies the gene as patentable, apparently because the procedure has transformed it. The finding is buried in 105 pages of opinion link here .
Worst result: Gene patents have in general been upheld. Let's hope the Supremes to overturn it.
As I noted previously, I was interviewed recently for a promising new documentary by lawyer-philosopher David Koepsell and filmmaker Taylor Roesch, "Who Owns You?" (Here's the first trailer, on Vimeo.) Here's an email I just received from Taylor:
Hello Family and Friends,
Here's the first trailer for a promising new documentary by lawyer-philosopher David Koepsell and filmmaker Taylor Roesch (I was interviewed for it as mentioned here). Vimeo;
Over the last 20 years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing patents to universities and private companies on raw human genes. One company or university is given a legal monopoly over a molecule that is inside every human being and many other animals. This documentary explores the legal, ethical, and clinical ramifications of human gene patenting.
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