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  • Motley Fool comments on new bankruptcy law.
    10/17/2005 5:24PM
    As discussed at the Motley Fool:

    "As of today, however, I'd better be careful, since the Orwellian-sounding "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" is now law. Six months ago, the credit card lobby, consisting of MBNA (NYSE: KRB), Capital One (NYSE: COF), Citicorp (NYSE: C), Visa, and MasterCard, teamed up with august statesmen such as Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, to prevent the average American from abusing the generous privileges being offered by my friends at Bank of America and the other credit card companies. Fortunately for proponents of the law, the irony of the U.S. Congress lecturing anyone on the subject of indebtedness did not prevent its passage."

    You can read the full article here.


  • Oh No. This is terrible - Patent Board Eliminates "Technological Arts" Requirement For Business Method Patents
    10/17/2005 3:49PM
    Ummm, in the terrible news category:

    "From the article: "Our determination is that there is currently no judicially recognized separate "technological arts" test to determine patent eligible subject matter under 101. We decline to create one. Therefore, it is apparent that the examiner's rejection can not be sustained.""

    Namely, a business model can now be patented even if it does not involve a computer. How long before 7/11 and QuickMart duke it out over "method to accept cash payment from a customer using a cashier?".

    Ridiculous.

    You can read the full article here.

  • Royal Society Issues IP Charter
    10/16/2005 9:58PM
    From slashdot:

    "The Economist and the Guardian both have stories about the release of the Adelphi Charter – an international blueprint for how intellectual property should be made – by Britain's Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. The Economist says “The Adelphi group are a varied crew ranging from Gilberto Gil, the Brazilian culture minister (and pop star) to Sir John Sulston, a Nobel-winning scientist who helped decode the human genome, and James Boyle, a law professor at Duke University. They believe that the intellectual-property system is starting to lean so far in favor of private enrichment that it no longer serves the public interest.” The charter calls for evidence-based policy, and a balance between rights protection and the public domain. It also condemns business method and software patents."

    You can read the full article here.

  • Pillows: A Hot Bed Of Fungal Spores
    10/16/2005 5:19AM
    As reported by ScienceDaily.com:

    "Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have
    discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses -- in our pillows"

    Read the full article here.


  • 1/5 of All Human Genes Have Been Patented
    10/14/2005 3:54PM
    Ah, the lovely American totalitarian patent system where any idea can be owned for a fee.

    Another patent fiasco reported on Slashdot:

    A story on National Geographic News cites a study claiming that 20% of all human genes 'have been patented in the United States, primarily by private firms and universities.' While universities hold 28% of all gene-related patents, 63% belong to private firms, with a whopping 2000 patented genes (approximately 67%, or 50% total) belonging to a single firm." From the article: "You can find dozens of ways to heat a room besides the Franklin stove, but there's only one gene to make human growth hormone ... If one institution owns all the rights, it may work well to introduce a new product, but it may also block other uses, including research ..."

    You can read the full article here.