Scripting News for 12/25/2006

The future of patent laws? 

Chicago Tribune: “When the letter came from City Hall threatening punishment if he continued to serve foie gras at his Chicago restaurant, Doug Sohn framed the warning and set it beside his cash register.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jacob Levy on December 25, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    I’m confused… What does this Trib article have to do with patent laws? This is a separate issue afaict to do with animal rights, has nothing to do with patent laws. Or are you pointing out that non-enforcment may be the future of these laws?

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  2. Posted by jason on December 25, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    I personally don’t feel that non-enforcement is a very probable future for these types of patent laws. A company the size of Microsoft has the resources to wield a heck of alot more political clout than an animal rights group in Chicago.

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  3. Posted by Tim Towtdi on December 26, 2006 at 8:40 am

    The most problematic application of patents are in the world of medicine.
    Nobel prize winner Joseph E Stiglitz, professor at Columbia University wrote an essay:

    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/333/7582/1279

    There should be a clear distinction between protecting IP and protecting human lives.

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