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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