• May 31, 2002

    In Case Anyone’s Wondering

    I’m still working on the research idea I’ve been talking about. New data from some of my colleagues is helping out quite a bit, but it means changing the experimental design quite a bit, too. Beats flying blind, though, I have to say. Things have moved from the blast-of-inspiration stage to the get-this-thing-to-work stage. That’s… Read More
  • May 30, 2002

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  • May 23, 2002

    A Few Words

    I see that some of my comments have spread to investors in Entremed, so let me take a few paragraphs to mention some points. I should write these up in a combination FAQ / disclaimer to deal with these situations. First off, as it says on the top of the page, I don’t speak for… Read More
  • May 22, 2002

  • May 21, 2002

    Hype and Glory

    Over at the new home of Kausfiles, Mickey Kaus wondered on Monday about all the news coming out of the ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology) meeting. Does it show that the hype in the famous 1998 NY Times front-page story on Judah Folkman and his cancer therapy was actually justified? Does the world owe… Read More
  • May 20, 2002

    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
  • May 19, 2002

    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
  • May 15, 2002

    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
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