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[News] US Acquires a Monopoly on Basic Methods for Saving the Planet

  • Subject: [News] US Acquires a Monopoly on Basic Methods for Saving the Planet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Dec 2009 02:15:46 +0000
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US eyes speedy reviews for 'green' patents

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| The US Patent and Trademark Office said 
| Monday that it's launching a test program 
| that will greatly speed the review of "green" 
| technology patents.
| The new fast-track pilot program is expected 
| to shave a full year off the patent review 
| process, which takes an average of 40 months 
| to reach a final decision, according to the 


Apple to appeal after OPTi's $21.7m patent infringement win

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| Apple has been told to pay OPTi $21.7m in 
| damages after an Eastern Texas Court issued a 
| final judgment in the firm's long-running 
| patent infringement case.
| But reports this morning suggest the Mac 
| maker's next move will be sending an appeal 
| to the ruling, rather than a cheque.



Monsanto: Making Microsoft Look Good

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| Do genetically-modified seeds bring
| increased productivity? There seem doubts;
| but even assuming it's true, Gates sets up a
| false dichotomy: one reason GMO seeds aren't
| sustainable is because they are patented.
| That is, farmers *must* buy them year after
| year, and can't produce their own seeds.
| It's a situation that's relatively easy to
| solve: make GMOs patent-free; do not place
| restrictions on their use; let farmers do
| what farmers have done for millennia.
| And look, there you have it, potentially: productivity and
| sustainability. But we won't get that, not because the idealistic
| environmentalist are blocking it, but because the seed industry
| wants farmers dependent on their technology, not liberated
| by it. It is sheer hypocrisy for a fan of patents to
| accuse environmentalists of being the obstacle to
| productivity and sustainability: that would be the
| industrial model of dependence, enforced by
| intellectual monopolies, and espoused by big
| companies like Monsanto, the Microsoft of
| plant software.

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