Further Evidence of Complete Stupidity in the US Patent Office

Stephen Marshall, BBC Inside Science, Mar 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As Stephen Marshall says, "I really wish the trade people discussing the need for stronger intellectual property protection would deal with the problem of stupid patents like this - they would have more credibility in arguing their case if they weren't trying to protect a fundamentally corrupt and broken system." Why the outburst? The U.S. patent office has granted US Patent 7,805,252 "Systems and methods for designing and ordering polynucleotides" to DNA Twopointo, Inc. - a patent "equivalent to the patent office issuing a patent to someone for displaying characters in English and then allowing users to edit them with a keyboard."

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