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Saturday, March 30, 2002

Answering Will (resurrected from 3/29) I owe Will Cox of the Peanut Gallery an answer to a question about the gene patent issues I blogged awhile back. Will asked if the patent is on the gene itself (the gene qua gene), or on the process of isolating the gene. The answer is, both things are uniquely patentable in their own right. "Utility patents" may be granted to someone who invents a new and useful process or discovers new and useful "compositions of matters" (or both). Thus, according to the USPTO's guidelines, a gene patent is possible once you identify "the compound" - the gene itself - and a use for the compound. If someone then develops "new an non-obvious methods of using the patented compound" - the gene - they can apply for a separate process patent for that use, notwithstanding that someone already holds the patent for the gene.

Blogger weirdness Don't know why my 3/28 and 3/30 posts below just got combined, but... they seem to want to stay that way. Anyway, I was trying to point out Gary's due diligence about Thomas Pacheco, and concur that it would be nice if he beat out breakfast-cereal quizzes on Daypop (I think Jeneane might think so too). Guess I'll have to re-post my item from yesterday, which seems to have been eaten by Blogger.

Good Linkage Thanks, Kevin, for blogging Thomas Pacheco on RGE. Proceeds from Thomas's art sales go to help him and potentially many others fight cancer, and his pieces make excellent "Blogstickers." -Later: thanks for the 0 comments | link

Thursday, March 28, 2002

'Morning, Coffee Juicy morsels from Sabrina Pacifici of llrx: ~The Google Blog: Two great tastes that taste great together. Lists top stories from news organizations, by category, and lets you search them. In Beta. ~Business Week takes on Hollings, in commentary by Alex Salkever: "The proposed cure is far worse than the disease...Yes, the law does have a provision for Fair Use, the legal precedent that awards consumers some rights to replicate copyrighted materials, either for academic reasons or for personal use. But Fair Use protections in the bill remain vague. At the very least, they would have to be toughened." ~Tim Berners-Lee on "The Semantic Web:" "Suppose you're on the Web and find a conference you want to go to...You would prefer, when you see the notice of an interesting conference, to just say: "O.K., I want to go," and everything will get taken care of, automatically. All the entries will pop into your agenda, your address book, your GPS. Then you'll get pinged by your agenda when it's time to leave, because it knows from your GPS how long it will take to drive there. And, in addition, it will block out the driving time on your schedule and alert you if you try to make a conflicting appointment." ~California Supreme Court will review Intel spam trespass case: The Court will examine whether former Intel engineer Kourosh Kenneth Hamidi committed trespass by sending tens of thousands of emails to Intel workers.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Top Ten Signs Of A Microcontent Obsession 1. For news, you read doc,, llrx and writ instead of the morning paper. 2. It has crossed your mind to keep a blog about things to blog. 3. You know what fish do when they're late. 4. You can't define a fucknozzle, but you know it when you see it. 5. Recent credit card receipts show at least three purchases from CafePress. 6. You can name at least six species of blogware. 7. You can name at least two species of blog-fowl. 8. You know several pets who blog or encourage people to. 9. You have formed opinions about political controversies you never would have heard of. 10. You know how to make Notepad wrap text.

Light Reading Documents filed in the Enron bankruptcy case are available here. (Thanks, llrx, for the link.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Word's Out I enjoyed this article that plugs blogtank. Notable quote: "The biggest jump in the blogger population has arguably been among people who aren't techies, like early bloggers, but experts in other fields. They've harnessed new, easy-to-use blog-publishing tools to espouse their passions."

Blawg Additions Several folks have joined the blawg roll. Ernie Svenson ("Ernie the Attorney") showed up in Dave Winer's blog yesterday, and is a Louisiana attorney who writes on a broad range of topics. William Altreuter has a firm in Buffalo, New York, and writes about life as a litigator ("A charming morning in court today..."). The following folks are FOD (Friends Of Dodd), and maintain interesting blogs of their own: Jeffrey Cross (Kentucky lawyer and avid cyclist), Michael Adams (Harvard law grad pursuing a clerkship with a federal judge), Michael's wife Sarah Meuller (starting law school at Brandeis in the fall), and Rebecca Terhune (law student). Give 'em a read. -Later: Ernie's not in So Cal, as previously blogged, but down south hangin' round the other Loyola.

Monday, March 25, 2002

Items shipped on March 24, 2002:   Delivery estimate: March 28-April 3 1 package via USPS.

Comments submitted to the Judiciary Committee ...about the CBDTPA are being posted here. Later: Although the comments form (thanks, Frank) says submissions are subject to review before posting, there is very little delay if any; mine went up immediately.

Orwellian Doc captures in a nutshell why the Hollings bill won't cut it, in his Linux Journal article Biting The Hand That Beats You: "Napster and its successors are the listeners' workaround of the failed radio industry...Other workarounds are bound to follow, over and over, until the entertainment industry starts serving fully empowered customers or gets replaced by something that will. Protective legislation will only make the process happen faster." I cannot chase from my head the vision of future citizens sequestering away, hoarding and constructing their own Rube Goldberg versions of technology circa 1998-2002, which will be vastly preferable to the castrated offerings on the consumer market. Two steps forward, ten steps back. Later: And Dan Gillmor makes the same point: "Policy is not going to stop technology from evolving. It can only make criminals of more and more people who are going to use it no matter what her [Hilary Rosen's] clients say."

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