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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

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.