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[FYI] USPTO on DNA patents
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- Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 10:17:07 +0100
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According to slashdot:
(PTO's new guide to DNA info)
Many in the scientific community are opposed to any attempts to
patent these small DNA segments, claiming that such patents could
deprive researchers of essential tools in the future. In 1996,
scientists working in this area adopted the "Bermuda Principles,"
which call for the release--typically by posting on the
Internet--of sequences "as soon as possible," often within 24 hours
of their discovery. And, in fact, any laboratory funded by the
National Human Genome Research Initiative is required to implement
such a data-release program.
Those who believe that this early-stage genetic information should
be freely available, instead of patent-protected, fall into Mr.
Kushan's definition of "theologians'' who "don't like patents in
this area." He predicted that they will probably not be happy with
the new guidelines, thinking that the PTO hasn't gone far enough to
prevent the wholesale patenting of small segments.
It's all like keeping two or three ants together.
Any Marxist has to explain what jurisdictional system should be part of
utopia, and then test it by letting a Sakharov/Bonner be free from start.