Summary: New figures explain why Microsoft is lobbying so hard for software patents all around the world
Eighty-five percent of Microsoft’s patents were for software — and patenting software remains intensely controversial.
Think Gene Patents Are Controversial Now? Just Wait
Of course, the $1,000 genome is likely years away, and those who favor exclusive patents on diagnostics say they’re necessary for companies to make their money back on research and development.
But exclusive patents may already be keeping some patients in the dark, the WSJ article says. It describes a new method of genetic testing called chromosomal microarrays that can pick up chromosomal abnormalities in the genome. What’s a doctor to do if that kind of analysis encompasses a gene that’s already patented — tell the patient or stick to the letter of the law?
“Controversial” is code for unacceptable or “involving nepotism for protectionism”. For quite a long time now, the USPTO has served corporations rather than adhere to its original goals. █