Microsoft The Latest To Try To Patent An Entire Bio Industry
from the just-what-Jefferson-intended dept
However, now it seems that Microsoft may be trying to stockpile outside of its core industries, and it has some folks up in arms. A bunch of folks sent in the story about how Microsoft is trying to patent clustering phylogenetics methods (here's the application) that supposedly are quite common in the evolutionary biology industry. Of course, it's just an application -- so one would hope that, if it's so widely used, that the examiner will knock it out with plenty of prior art. But, the Patent Office isn't always known for doing such a good job on these sorts of things. And just the fact that such a patent is being attempted should be troubling enough.