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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer at 2011 BIO International Convention

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The Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer track has a lot to offer 2011 BIO International Convention Attendees.  High level speakers include White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, European Patent Office Director of Biotechnology Sjoerd Hoekstra, retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel, and former Solicitors General Seth Waxman and Paul Clement to name a few.                 I am particularly excited about the breadth of the Read More >

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