Date: Fri May 03 2002 - 20:37:06 EEST
In a message dated 02-05-03 12:55:11 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< It seems odd that the United States government could be granted a patent
since public money was used and patents in general are to protect inventors
rights to commercialize.
> * The US Navy has received a patent for the production of sturdy parts by
> means of stereolithography. The method is based on impregnating an outer
> shell of the part formed using QuickCast (TM) or similar build styles with
> epoxy or other strengthening agent.
The US government (and indeed virtually all other national governments)
receives hundreds, if not thousands of patents every year. In addition, the
US government has interest in - and automatic licenses for - thousands of
additional patents which result from publicly funded research.
I could go on...at length...
But I won't,
Castle Island Co.
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