Trademark News & Screw-ups UCLA’s effort to patent a costly prostate cancer drug in India hurts the poor, critics say

The article somehow assumes that inventors have an obligation to place the interests of the poor above their own. Newsflash: they don't. It also ignores the fact that the dole of the poor did not change between not having access to the cancer drug: they didn't have access to it before it was invented and they don't have access to it now because they can't afford it. Nothing really changed for the poor in this department. To say that UCLA's efforts to patent what they developed hurts the poor is to assume that the invention somehow robbed the people from what they used to have. In fact, of course, it's quite the opposite. UCLA gifted the world with something truly valuable, something that hadn't existed before. Their efforts to get rewarded for it don't hurt anyone. Instead, we should be forever grateful to them for their efforts.

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