Archived Blog Post: April 2, 2003

Patently problematic - "The most glaring conflict between rich and poor over intellectual property comes from the misappropriation of 'traditional knowledge' -- such as ancient herbal remedies that find their way into high-priced western pharmaceuticals without the consent of, or compensation to, the people who have used them for generations. Often, patent examiners are simply unaware that the plant variety which an enterprising businessman is trying to patent has been used for centuries by a tribal community half a world away."