Archive for April, 2008

ACLU: Patenting Abstract Ideas Violates First Amendment

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Christopher Hansen, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, has become involved in a patent case for an "abstract idea". The patent in dispute belongs to Bernard L. Bilski: "In 2006, Bilski sought a patent for his idea that the weather risk involved in buying and selling commodities could be ...

A thought on the scope of patent protection today

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Suppose there are two researchers, X and Y, who separately study the same thing, say, new energy. X wants a patent right for a financial gain while Y wants to make his results freely accessible to the public. Unfortunately, X comes up with a result one day before Y. Now, ...

Is Canada Delivering on its Pledge to Aid Africa?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In 1999, between 1.3 and 2.1 billion people did not have access to essential medicines (around 30% of the world’s population), with most of these people being concentrated in Africa and India.[1] In May 2004, after pressure from Canadian civil society groups and Stephen Lewis (the UN Special Envoy on ...