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  • Nov 18th, 2009 @ 4:28am

    The product, not the gene

    While my thoughts on this matter are usually in contrast to most other TechDirt readers out there, I do believe that following research, the PRODUCTS of genes (Proteins) can be/should be patented.

    While we have the genetic code deciphered for humans (and many animals) there is far to little research out there pertaining to what these genes do.

    If after 3-4 years of research on a gene or gene cluster, a potent protein that can cure a disease is discovered and proven to be a viable therapeutic, I see no reason why it should not be covered by patent laws for a set period of time.

    However, to many people and companies (and Universities) started patenting 1,000's of genes, even though they have NO IDEA what they do. If you or I later start researching one of these genes, and its determined that it produces a valuable protein, well, the original patent holder gets all the credit/return. Most of the time you don't even know that the gene is patented.

    The notion that it is 'natural' means nothing however - most (vast majority) of pharmaceuticals are natural or naturally derived.

  • Nov 11th, 2009 @ 9:57am

    Re:

    No, but you are correct, Wolfgang Werle and his half-brother Manfred Lauber - were the ones convicted of murdering Walter Sedlmayr

  • Nov 10th, 2009 @ 6:51pm

    Re: Re: Wait a second - Way to buy into the scare tactics

    Great - Now riddle me this. Why would Roche, or any other company put money into new flu/cancer/heart disease treatments, when they could invest billions into the next Viagra or Hair Loss medicine.

    You are being short sighted. If you honestly believe that any medicine that has the potential to save human lives shouldn't be protected - then I fail to see the motivation to develop new drugs.

    If you need a 'case in point' - look at home much $$ is put towards Malaria or Sickle Cell Anemia; diseases which traditionally have little return via profits.

  • Nov 10th, 2009 @ 5:59pm

    Wait a second - Way to buy into the scare tactics

    The mortality rate (%) and numbers of fatalities related to H1N1 (Swine Flu) is LESS then the 'common' flu.

    If the US superseded patent laws to thwart this 'pandemic', then there is no reason not to do the same thing next year for the common flu.

    If you want to make an argument against pharma patents, fine, do that; but please please please don't trump up the irrational fear of 'swine' flu to suit your argument.

  • Sep 9th, 2009 @ 2:14am

    How can they gaurentee anonymity?

    If the software (this or any) collects chatroom/IM data, how can they possible say its anonymous? I mean, sure there may be no identifiable information through the transmission, but people use names, dates, and locations all the time that may be used to identify someone.

    Not to mention, IM and Chatrooms used to be all about the txt, but now its just as much about video's and pictures. While one may say its up to you not to put such information on the web, the very audience that the software is targeting (young kids/their parents) indicates users who do not yet know any better.

    Finally - Why do companies WANT this information about young kids to target advertisements towards them!?

  • Jul 30th, 2009 @ 6:31am

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    As an avid wow player, I always 'lol' at the thought of wow-addiction. If its not wow, is going to be something else.

    I do love the idea of using a virtual world for research/study (some really interesting work was done on infectious disease/epidemiology), but in game therapy? Come on?!

  • Jul 23rd, 2009 @ 8:29am

    Re: Ummm

    To collect their bounty?

  • Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 12:21pm

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    No wonder there are been only a few updates today... You've been writing dissertations.

  • Jul 10th, 2009 @ 12:09pm

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    I didnt read all the comments, but am I too late..?

    "In Soviet Russia..."

  • Jul 9th, 2009 @ 4:52pm

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    While I agree that what they are doing (preventing generics from entering the market) sucks for individuals (and the bottom line) - It DOESN'T stifle innovation.

    While patents have (got a bit better) been ridiculous with gene patenting (without even knowing what the gene does), what you (Mike) cited concerned preventing generics, not stepping on small start ups.

    In fact, there is a HUGE industry for small startups in the pharm industry. Discover some thing new and innovative, patent it, sell to a 'big guy' for development and release, then start over.

    I'm I missing something?

  • Jul 9th, 2009 @ 1:16pm

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    "I have always thought that speed limits should be completely abolished, and the police can simply pull people over for reckless/careless driving if things get too excessive."

    I REALLY like this idea. At first I thought to myself, 'that would just lead to insane police misconduct and arbitrary enforcement of the law(s', then I realized, that it precisely what we have going on right now anyway

  • Jul 1st, 2009 @ 6:42am

    Re: At least in MD

    Technically, and correct me if I am wrong, but as an individual I believe you are required to pay sales tax on anything you buy in another state (that you are not a resident of).

    So many problems with that statement, I know, but a few years ago NY actually tried going after people who bought clothing in NJ (No Sales Tax in NJ on clothing (at the time)), not sure how all that played out.

    More recently they are doing it with cigarettes...

  • Jun 30th, 2009 @ 9:51am

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    I love this analogy/link!

  • Jun 23rd, 2009 @ 7:22am

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    Assuming I understand exactly what SoundScan does (provide information about record sales), then yes, of course it us something they have to really think about (counting the T-Shirt as a sale).

    I mean, what if I sold 20,000 pens on ebay, and threw in a copy of my latest 'album' for download... I don't think that makes me a successful musician. Think this is simply an aspect of the industry (Soundscan) catching up with the changes in the market.

    At least they are willing to consider the issue.