Beverly Bell: Groups Around the U.S. Join Haitian Farmers in Protesting “Donation” of Monsanto Seeds:
Michael Crichton wrote a scathing essay on the subject that he put as an epilogue for his novel “Next”, a warning on the theme.
Nobody should ever sign away the “rights” to his genes. No company should ever be allowed to get a “patent” on any gene. They’ve only been able to mix and match anyway.
The status of the patent situation in the world today is a complete mess, and in the United States, it is becoming a common practice of the biggest corporations to carve out entire departments and dedicate a great amount of resources to formulating patent requests on everything they can imagine. Innovation research in companies seems to be dedicated increasingly to get all the patents possible for all kinds of arcane concepts, just for the purpose of preventing somebody else from suing them over it.
Now it looks like Larry Ellison has even unleashed his litigation army to go after the Java that’s already in the wild. That’s probably why IBM challenged Sun to turn Java over to open source; they may have seen this coming.
There’s even a movement getting attention that advocates the end of all the different categories of “intellectual property”. The idea that the “creators” are awarded by patents is losing out to the obvious fact that these days, it’s not the “creators” but the big corporations that “own” the rights who benefit.
Meantime, we see the open source movement ever growing. Lots of people just enjoy seeing the fruition of their intellectual endeavors. For example, God bless Tim Berners-Lee and those that worked with him for their work in applying the first foundations for the Internet to happen, for throwing it out there for the world to develop.
- Help! There’s A Patent On My Idea! What Now? (techcrunch.com)
- Supreme Court orders appeals court to reconsider gene patents (arstechnica.com)
- FLASHBACK 2005: Monsanto files patent for a new invention – The pig (seeker401.wordpress.com)
- Supreme Court Throws Out Human Gene Patents (usapartisan.com)