The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office too often grants patents that are overly broad or cover well-established common practices–thwarting innovation and imposing high costs on would-be competitors. So says Dan Ravicher, founder of the New York City-based Public Patent Foundation, who challenges patents by asking the patent office to narrow claims. Here’s where three of his highest-profile fights of 2006 stand.
Embryonic stem cells
Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation (WARF), Madison, WI
WARF charges high royalties to biomedical companies.
In October, the patent office agreed to reëxamine the patents.
Data compression method
Forgent Networks, Austin, TX
Forgent is suing major software companies for substantial royalties for using the JPEG photo standard.
In May, the patent office rejected 19 of the patent’s 46 claims.
File sharing between different operating systems
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
The patent makes it difficult for alternative operating systems to work with Windows.
In January, the patent office let an altered version of the patent stand.
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
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