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  • Patents and IP

    Now, Where Was I?

    Well, I’m back from vacation, not quite as worn out as I’d feared. But I haven’t been keeping up with the news, unless my son’s frequent updates on the extinct status of Tyrannosaurs counts (they’re still extinct, worse luck, in case you’re wondering.) I’ll get oriented in the scientific world tomorrow at w… Read More
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    A Race to the Bottom

    I’ve already spoken of my disdain for “method of treatment” patents, the claiming of entire biochemical pathways for their medical use. It’s something that you never used to see, even though US patent law has long allowed it. But in recent years, an increasing number of these applications have shown up, and they’re sta… Read More
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    Hands Off

    There’s another aspect to pharmaceutical patenting that you really only find in the US, among major countries: “method of treatment” patents. I don’t care for them, myself, but before I explain why, it’ll help to see what the usual patents cover. The traditional drug patent is for composition of matter – you̵… Read More
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    Not As Bad As It Looks

    The patent whose illustration I reproduced here the other day is a weird one; I can’t take away from that. But in many respects, it’s a well-written and reasonable patent, and the way the law is written, I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t have been granted. Some of the key things a patent… Read More
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    Eliminate the Middleman

    There’s been a lot of talk recently about problems with the US and European Patent offices. And there are some serious issues to talk about, too. Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk about them! But for now, I pass along US 6,293,874, issued last September, titled “User-Operated Amusement Apparatus for Kicking the User’s Buttocks.”… Read More