This Essay Breaks the Law: Michael Crichton pleads for patent reform

Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in LabCorp versus Metabolite, an interesting case that visits the patent controversy in the United States. Are test result correlations patentable? Michael Crichton provides his opinion.

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“It means that if a real estate agent lists a house for sale, he can be sued because an existing patent for selling houses includes item No. 7, ‘List the house.’ It means nobody can write a dinosaur story because my patent includes 257 items covering all aspects of behavior, like item No. 13, ‘Dinosaurs attack humans and other dinosaurs.'”

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).