|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
I'm thinking of situations that might be analogous to the patenting of genome sequences. The argument has been that these sequences can be patented on the grounds that they have been "purified" from their natural form. I was thinking that a similar argument might be made for the patenting of these heavy elements that are discovered/created by bombarding more stable elements, and which arguably do not exist in nature at all. If no patent has ever been sought, I wonder what the rationale might be. Thank you.
Re: Has anyone ever sought to patent a chemical element (e.g. heavy element)
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