Saturday, February 17, 2007

Intellectual property discourages cooperation

Indonesia decided to act [i.e., "refuse to supply any more samples of the avian flu virus" to the World Health Organization] after a foreign company announced work on a vaccine that would be based on its samples. Indonesia stopped cooperating with the W.H.O. and started negotiations to send future samples to another vaccine maker in return for technology that would allow Indonesia to make its own vaccine.

More in this NYTimes editorial.

While on intellectual property, Wired reports that the US is likely to 'reform' its patent laws.