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WARF, Vitamin D, and the Public Interest, 2

We have worked through a 1945 appeals court reasoning about the University of Wisconsin’s president’s refusal to allow the licensing of an invention beneficial to public health for use in food products that might compete with State of Wisconsin dairy … Continue reading

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WARF, Vitamin D, and the Public Interest, 1

In the 1940s, WARF was basking in the income from licensing its flagship patents–on a way to irradiate food products to produce in them vitamin D. (For an interesting account with lots of details, see Rima D. Apple (a University … Continue reading

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The monopoly meme, 1

There’s a meme that has floated around patent management discussions for decades. It goes something like this: “What is available to all will be used by none.” Here’s an instance from the National Patent Planning Commission report (c. 1945): It … Continue reading

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