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Patent on cladistic analysis involving unknown species

Wolfgang Wuster bss166 at bangor.ac.uk
Fri Aug 4 04:53:13 EST 1995

On Fri, 4 Aug 1995, Bart.Nelissen wrote:

> Now we all have to use distance matrix analysis to identify 
> unknown organisms ...

A bit early to give up, isn't it? I would suggest that everybody concerned
about this issue should write to the European patent office to oppose this
ludicrous patent, as was suggested in the original post. 

If anyone on this group has any expertise on patent law and could post
guidelines on points that should be addressed in such letters, that would
be especially helpful. 

Of course it would be entirely inappropriate for anyone to suggest that
the two "colleagues" taking out that patent should never again get a grant
or paper through the peer review process, but we have no control over all
those potentially very upset reviewers, do we? 

Dr. Wolfgang Wuster  -  Research Fellow
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