> The part to be really concerned with are the claims. In the
> case of this patent as written and published...
I am concerned that patent claims are too broad and all-encompassing. From
what I have seen, it looks like the folks at the Patent office don't have a
very good breadth of knowledge, especially in applied biology. Many things
I see patented are really "prior art."
Novartis is a master at this game. A lot of what you see is sparring
between the big ag chemical/pharmaceutical giants. Everyone knows a lot of
the patent claims are silly and will be challenged. Many of these are
bargaining chips. The problem is that the small companies can't play. I
don't see why the patent office allows itself to be manipulated in this way.
> I think it is Pioneer-correct me Dale- that has very broad
> claims on large list of natural plant lectins.
> ...it includes making a slurry in the blender for
> application in your home garden...
>...We did not infringe on the Pioneer patent.
I don't know, it wouldn't surprise me. It may be that some of these claims
are too broad. I think it is ethical to patent a truly new use for a
natural product, but only when the "use" involves incorporation of the
substance in a marketable product. I don't think they can or should control
what people blend up in their kitchen from natural ingredients. Anyway,
these big companies don't care about that.
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