[ffii] SCIAM: gene patents objectionable due to informational nature

PILCH Hartmut phm at a2e.de
Thu Jun 20 09:33:34 CEST 2002


See articles and Slashdot thread cited below.

The articles show that

- gene patents are similar in structure to swpat, relating largely to
  information entities and showing some characteristic perversities
  of information-related patents
- the case in software is even more perverse because
  - computing logic tends to reach higher levels of abstraction than
    genetic logic
  - some of the limits that apply to gene patents (such as not being
    allowed to patent natural processes) do not apply to computing logic

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000B39CC-B7DF-1D07-8E49809EC588EE
DF&catID=2
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/06/18/2018252&mode=thread&tid=
155

"This Scientific American article, Legal Circumvention, describes a
technique for circumventing gene patents whereby living cells are coaxed
into expressing genes, especially those genes currently held under
patents. Although, would-be exploiters of genes are prevented by patent
restrictions from constructing a particular sequence and replicating it,
patent law cannot be enforced in instances where an existing cell or
organism is caused to express any of these patented genes and proteins."

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