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[News] Patents Are Needlessly Killing People With Breast Cancer, Bilski Reconsidered

  • Subject: [News] Patents Are Needlessly Killing People With Breast Cancer, Bilski Reconsidered
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:39:06 +0000
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Myriad breast cancer patent very broad, study finds

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| Myriad Genetics' disputed patent on the BRCA1 
| breast cancer gene is "surprisingly broad" 
| and could interfere with future research, 
| three experts said on Tuesday.


New Study Points Out That Gene Patent On Trial Is Very, Very Broad


Harvard Law Prof's Poor Economic Analysis Used As Cover For Unnecessary Fashion Copyright

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| Basically, Suk's whole position is based on 
| the fact that the monopoly rents of designers 
| is decreased by a lack of copyright, but she 
| fails to consider that this leads to greater 
| and more frequent innovation (which we see 
| all the time in the market). What's even 
| stranger is that she flip-flops her argument 
| in the middle of the paper. She talks 
| repeatedly about how designers need big 
| profits to have the incentive to innovate, 
| but then says that big designers aren't the 
| ones really threatened. Instead, she claims, 
| it's the smaller designers. But, those 
| designers didn't have those big profits to 
| protect in the first place. They're out there 
| trying to make a name for themselves by 
| designing something new and cool -- so they 
| have plenty of incentive to innovate. And if 
| their design this year is copied, that's 
| great for them because it gives them greater 
| recognition and means the demand for their 
| original products will be even greater the 
| following season.


What's Bilski got to do with open source? 

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| Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier speaks with Aaron 
| Williamson, counsel at the Software Freedom 
| Law Center (SFLC). 



Bits and Bytes: BRCA Gene Patents

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| Breast Cancer Gene Patent Challenge:
|     * The ACLU, PUBPAT, and others continue their fight against patents
|     covering the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 held by Myriad and the
|     University of Utah. The federal lawsuit argues (1) that the genes should
|     not be patentable as "products of nature" and (2) that the patentee's use
|     of patent rights to limit scientific research on the genes violates
|     constitutional First Amendment protections.

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