Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Patents on Laws of Nature?

On the one hand, courts have repeatedly held that basic bodily processes and "products of nature" are not patentable. That's why no one owns gravity, or the speed of light. But at the same time, courts have granted so-called correlation patents for many years. Powerful forces are arrayed on both sides of the issue.

This Essay Breaks the Law - MICHAEL CRICHTON - New York Times

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