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February 08, 2011


Let me ask you guys a question. Why, do you reckon, did congress never pass a law specifically to promote the medicinal arts? I mean, just as a general matter, for all these centuries to have gone by and them to never thought of it seems silly to me. Was there never any lobbyists promoting a patent act, or something comparable, for the medicinal arts? Anyone with any historical knowledge on the subject? Especially on the time around 1800-1920?

Did congress not feel that it would benefit the medicinal arts to have such an act in place? Did they simply never think to do it?

Perhaps doctors never btched and whined about protecting their industry with such a tool, as artisans in the useful arts did, back in the day? Perhaps congress felt it would be unethical?

Surely the topic must have been raised at some point.

The patent office has issued supplementary guidelines for examining claims in patent applications for compliance with 35 U.S.C. §112 ¶2. The PTO thinks "it is of utmost importance that patents issue with definite claims that clearly and precisely inform persons skilled in the art of the boundaries of protected subject matter." The guidelines are effective as of today. Written comments are accepted until April 11, 2011. "No public hearing will be held."

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