Could You Patent the Sun?
- Peter Klein
Lives and Profits in the Balance: The High Stakes of Medical Patents
By Clyde Haberman
“The West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin’s television series about a fictional White House, had a knack for crisply summarizing complex real-life issues. In an episode from 2000, pharmaceutical executives and leaders of an AIDS-plagued African country are summoned to the White House. The purpose is to see if reluctant businessmen can be persuaded to sell the Africans desperately needed drugs at a modest price. Read more…
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