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Seth Shulman

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Author, Owning the Future.

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PATENT ON THE FRITZ: Patenting the Internet Economy

with Margaret Jane Radin, Seth Shulman, David Weitzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 13, 2000

Is our patent system failing the new information economy? Critics say that the way that patents are being granted on computer software and on Internet business methods threatens to impede technology and commerce rather than encourage it. Can industry resolve intellectual property problems on its own? Should we overhaul the patent system or just the U.S. Patent Office?

WHOSE GENES? Patenting the Human Genome

with John Barton, Hugh Rienhoff, Seth Shulmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 13, 2000

Over the past several years, biotechnology companies, in a race to find possible new drugs, have deluged the U.S. Patent Office with tens of thousands of requests for patents on pieces of human DNA. Are gene patents being granted inappropriately, before gene functions are fully understood? Are gene patents encouraging or hindering the progress of medicine and the development of new drugs? Some critics have a broader objection to gene patents, arguing that it is inappropriate to give a company the exclusive right to genetic material that is inside us all. Are gene patents, as they suggest, patents on life?