November 29, 2020

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

Is there an awkward relationship between open source and patents? ...

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Do inventions restrict innovation? Is there an awkward relationship between open source and patents? I find out, using the CRISPR-Cas system, a new genome editing technique, as a case study. Some believe that the first patent which has come from an engineered version of the CRISPR-Cas system has reopened a pandora’s box for gene patents.

Contributors
1) Mr Trevor Baylis – The inventor of the first wind-up radio
2) Dr Fillip Port – Postdoctoral Researcher at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Cambridge and the founder of the CRISPR Fly Design Website
3) Dr Julie Nixon – Lawyer in the process of qualifying as a solicitor specialising in the life sciences at MBM Commercial, Edinburgh

 

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