Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 13:13:02 +0900

>>>>> "kms" == Karsten M Self <> writes:

    kms> Yes, but if it's open, *then* any arbitrary team of expert
    kms> professionals _can_ look at it.

Assuming "it" exists.  In the case of software, there's strong
evidence there will be something to review there, although there
remain issues of quality.  In the case of drugs, it seems very likely
there will be nothing to review.  (Even if the FDA were abolished.)

    kms> Me?  I'm for sunshine.

Big deal.  So is Bill Gates, as long as it doesn't reduce "his"
profits.  The question is, what are you willing to give up for the
sunshine?  Bill Gates's profits?  Lives of malaria and AIDS victims?

The issue here is convincing the relevant authorities that Bill
Gates's profits are dispensible---the U.S. Congress is unlikely to
accept that---and the lives of AIDS victims are not at stake (and
might even be improved if the abolish the FDA crew is correct)---which
I suspect the European Parliament would be unwilling to take a risk on.

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