Patents and the ‘chilling’ of science

Courtesy of Slashdot, this report does come from a biased source, but with that warning and the declaration of my own antipathy to the extent to which intellectual property has been extended (though I’ll be happy if someone can show me that it is all for the best), this similarly biased writeup remains pretty alarming.

Of the 40% of respondents who reported their work had been affected [by patents], 58% said their work was delayed, 50% reported they had to change the research, and 28% reported abandoning their research project. The most common reason respondents reported having to change or abandon their research project was that the acquisition of the necessary technologies involved overly complex licensing negotiations.

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