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Patent Trolls, Not Unlike the Ones Under Norwegian Bridges

Former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold’s investment firm Intellectual Ventures is poised to go global, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company plans to raise $1 billion to develop and patent inventions, especially from Asian universities, that they can then license. The WSJ law blog adds, "The news of the company’s growth renews concerns that Intellectual Ventures is a litigation play, or, to use another popular pejorative phrase, that it’s a giant "patent troll.'"

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.