1 April 2012Patents

Playing with fire: has the Supreme Court made a big mistake over Prometheus?

In classical mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and gave it to humans. There was no patent protection and he didn’t charge a licensing fee. Indeed, if anyone paid for the gift, it was Prometheus himself: strapped to a rock and tortured by a liver-eating eagle as punishment for his theft (or, depending on which way you look at it, for his selfless commitment to sharing the fruits of innovation).

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