Opinion: Amazing gene-editing technology needs a pass on patent minefields

A breakthrough gene editing technology known as CRISPR is poised to deliver new medical therapies and agricultural and industrial advancements. Although recent reports of its success in the laboratory are promising, the larger challenge confronting CRISPR may be access to the underlying patent rights. To develop CRISPR technologies, commercial developers must fight or license their way through an intellectual property labyrinth that is the definition of inefficiency. The situation looks like an invitation to litigation or government intervention, either of which would put the technology’s vast potential at risk. There…

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Is Apple Working On A Tank? Bizarre New Patent

Sketches filed in a patent bearing the company’s name show an articulated vehicle which runs on tracks. The vehicle is in two parts and is joined in the middle, similar to a bendy bus. The application is specifically for the steering mechanism, but the tank design itself caused a flutter of excitement in the tech world. But since the patent was spotted the law firm that handles Apple’s patents says the patent is not Apple’s at all, and blamed a typing error. Law firm Morrison and Foerster said the patent instead…

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