Patents and such

2010-06-17 02:53:00 +0000

I thought it appropriate that today is the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling Diamond v. Chakrabarty, wherein the Court found that man-made life is patentable.

The man-made life in question was a new species of genetically-engineered bacterium that breaks down crude oil.

Because of this property, which is possessed by no naturally occurring bacteria, Chakrabarty╩╝s invention is believed to have significant value for the treatment of oil spills.