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Can Patents Prevent Scientific Progress?

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Can Patents Prevent Scientific Progress?

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Can Patents Prevent Scientific Progress?

Can Patents Prevent Scientific Progress?

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A new report says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is too liberal in awarding patents for the basic building blocks of science, and science suffers as a result.

Guest:

Lori Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Law, Director, Institute for Science, Law and Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. Author of the novel Sequence.