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  •  The industry that really bothers me w/patents (8+ / 0-)

    is pharmaceuticals - they enjoy very long term monopolies where they can set whatever price they want on a drug - and if they find multiple uses for it can extend that patent and monopoly almost indefinitely.  

    All they have to do is hide the secondary use (or surreptitiously tell doctors about it while not filing for the patent renewal just yet) and let sick people who could be helped by it either not know it applies, or pay 50x what it should cost to get their medicine.

    Atheism is a religion like Abstinence is a sexual position. - Bill Maher, 2/3/2012

    by sleipner on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 01:24:36 PM PDT

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