Techdirt: Serious Worries About Locking Up Synthetic Biology Through Patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 13 Feb 2009 08:27
Number of posts: 1
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And the concerns can go much further. In James Boyle's The Public Domain, he spends the second half of chapter 7 quite worried about efforts to lock up the basic building blocks of synthetic biology. As he notes, synthetic biology is quite similar in many ways to software -- and locking it up with patents would have the same disastrous implications as software patents currently do. Luckily, the early days of software did not involve patents, but the same cannot be said for synthetic biology.
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