Monday, January 25, 2010

Scientists get it

A very nice and thorough review at, by Joseph B. Franklin. Unlike many in the patent community, he comprehends the ontological argument I make about the injustice of gene patents, as well as my broader arguments about IP law and its lack of grounding in natural law.

I've also heard from attorney, engineer, and professor Kenneth M. Alfano of the University of Michigan, who writes an excellent piece for the Mississippi Law Journal arguing that the doctrine of non-obviousness should bar gene patents. His reasoning is a well-considered expansion of some existing arguments, and breaks new ground in this fight. It's good to see more people paying attention, and making these necessary arguments, and I hope to collaborate with him on an editorial piece.

**UPDATE** The Boston Globe today (Feb 1) has a good editorial coming down on the right side of this issue.

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