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Europe rules out stem cell patents – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 19th, 2011.

Europe’s highest court has made a landmark ruling preventing the patenting of research techniques that use stem cells. The move has disappointed scientists who claim that commercial investors will abandon stem cell research if they cannot patent the results. The specific ruling is defined as: “A process which involves removal of a stem cell from […]

Innovation – will science be key to economic growth?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 28th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Tues 29 Jun 11 am (NZT) — Statistics New Zealand will release its latest biennial report on Innovation in New Zealand — which gives a snapshot of “business innovation and performance in New Zealand” — this Wednesday, 30 June. Innovation has become a hot topic in the science sector, reinforced by the […]

Rob O’Neill on overzealous intellectual property protection

Peter Griffin posted in on August 4th, 2008.

Rob O’Neill’s column, published August 4th, can be viewed here. Some excerpts: “…we live in a world where intellectual property rights are not only protected in law but where those protections are being extended all the time. We live in a world, for instance, where it can be illegal to circumvent technological protection mechanisms even […]

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