Gene Pat. vs. Altruism

Gordon D. Pusch gdpusch at
Tue Aug 13 13:12:24 EST 2002

Daeron <daeron at> writes:

>  For those universities etc. who have been developing many key technologies 
> (from IT to medical) used in this kind of research; have any of them given 
> consideration to placing a GNU style license upon their technologies.

University administrators very much like money, too, and are every bit 
as eager to profit from patents on gene ``discoveries'' made by their
researchers as ``for-profit'' corporations are.

The simple fact is, ``money makes the world go around,'' even in the ivory
towers of academia. University administrators =VERY= aggressively pursue
any new source of revenue, and in fact exhibit quite ``greedy'' behavior, 
contrary to the common stereotype that universities are ``altruistic''
institutions that pursue ``pure knowledge'' and the ``common good of all

Indeed, many universities _require_ their researchers to pursue and report
any potentially patentable applications of their research to the university's
``intellectual property'' lawyers as a matter of stated policy.

-- Gordon D. Pusch   

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