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Plant Patent Paranoia

Leonard N. Bloksberg bloksber at pilot.msu.edu
Mon Oct 25 16:58:00 EST 1993

> A colleague of mine has recieved a request for her to send a chitinase
> gene to a lab working on insect resistance in cotton. She smells a patent, and
> has asked me if there is precedence for basic (academic) researchers having
> genes they've isolated being used in transgenic plants which have gone on
> to be patented for potential profit, without any provisions being made for
> that academic researcher.
> I have not heard of such problems in the plant field, but netters that 
> know better are implored to educate me, perhaps saving my colleague
> some problems too.
> Thanks,
> 						Ellmore
> 						Tufts Biology
> 						Medford, MA  
Most universities have very competent legal staffs for just this kind of 
thing.  Since a large part of your overhead is paying their salary, why not
take advantage of them.  At the very least, they could write you up a nice
contract that would facilitate scholarly research while preserving the 
rights of your friend and the university to a share of any potential patents.
.		Good Luck
.			Leonard N. Bloksberg

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