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

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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