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There Goes Our Patent on Air

David Koepsell at IPWatchdog argues that genes should not be patentable. In this post, and in his new book, Who Owns You, he says that "gene patents violate the patent law because what they claim as patentable is a part of nature, and thus neither new nor non-obvious" and that awarding patents on "non-new discoveries" does not encourage innovation but rather stifles it. Koepsell goes on to add that he views genes as "common" or something that cannot be owned. "Unmodified genes simply cannot be owned, nor should they be," he says.