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May 12, 2017

To be patentable as a utility patent, an invention must have three attributes: utility, novelty, and nonobivousness.

“Utility” means the invention must work and have value. False or misleading inventions such as perpetual motion machines are considered to lack utility (because they do not work) and are therefore unpatentable.

“Novelty” means that the literature does not record anyone ever making or conceiving of your particular invention. So if, for example, an old issue of Popular Mechanics shows your invention then your invention lacks “novelty”. However, is someone secretly previously conceived of your invention but no publication shows this, then you...

April 14, 2017

CRISPR, an acronym for “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palidromic Repeats,” holds much promise as a gene therapy for agriculture and human health, and might be the most significant bio-technology of the last century. (CRISPR was named a Science Magazine “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2015, and was awarded the Gruber Genetics Prize and the Japan Prize.) CRISPR/Cas9 would allow the use of the enzyme “Cas9” to re-write DNA sequences by disabling, replacing, or otherwise changing genes. In other words, CRISPR/Cas 9 is a simple and versatile bio-technology, genetic scissors, which would enable scientists to edit genes. Very promising. I am particularl...

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