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The MD Brush toothbrush forces users to hold it at the optimal angle relative to their gums. Shuyao Chen/NPR hide caption

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Brush Yourself Off And Try Again: An Invention Story

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Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is promoting a campaign to get the National Institutes of Health to exercise the patent rights it already owns in regards to certain drugs to bring down their price. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. hide caption

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One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

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Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna have a case for being the inventors of CRISPR-cas9, a transformative tool for gene editing. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

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Virginijus Siksnys' large research team at the Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology in Lithuania. Arunas Silanskas/Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology hide caption

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Science Rewards Eureka Moments, Except When It Doesn't

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Pump-Bol is a ThermoLife workout supplement containing arginine. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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Bodybuilders Beef Over A Workout Supplement — And A Stanford Patent

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A visitor uses his smartphone in front of an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone at a Samsung Electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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A group of technology and retail groups is beginning a national ad campaign targeting so-called patent trolls. The Internet Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation and Food Marketing Institute hide caption

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Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public

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Vernon Hugh Bowman, who took his case to the Supreme Court, lives outside the small town of Sandborn, Ind. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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