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RE: [dvd-discuss] Celebs against shorter patent duration

DO you have the USC code number? If so then the generic companies can 
market the drug under the OLD code or package. That doesn't seem right 
either way. BTW- one who improves upon a patent can get a patent. WHy 
can't the generic companies patent GREEN pills while the patentholder is 
selling while patent medicine.

"Dean Sanchez" <DSANCHEZ@fcci-group.com>
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10/02/2002 08:31 AM
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Actually, there is already an extension available to the drug patents. 
That's what the generic companies are shooting at to remove.  A company 
can change the color of a pill or the package and get an extension on the 
patent.  This is what the battle is about.

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael A Rolenz [mailto:Michael.A.Rolenz@aero.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 11:01 AM
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Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] Celebs against shorter patent duration

Ditto....did you notice that the drug companies have taken yet another 
swipe at generic drugs....You can bet money that the next thing will be 
the Drug Patent Term Extension Act (DPTEA - pronounded DIP-TEA)....one of 
the other problems with the continual term extensions for copyright is 
that it also encourages the "me too" for other industries....if copyright 
is so awful long and that's a good thing why not increase patent 
protection too....

mickeym <mickeym@mindspring.com>
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10/02/2002 09:33 AM
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I wasn't aware that there was a bill to shorten the patent duration for 
drugs, but it doesn't surprise me who else (besides the drug co's) would 
be against it. I still can't reconcile the huge difference between 
patent vs copyright duration. I suppose I'm actually okay with the 17 
year patent, in contrast to the 95+ year copyright.