Obviousness ruling | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 27 | p. 2 | Letters
Issue Date: July 2, 2007

Obviousness ruling

Department: Letters

THE SUPREME COURT'S ruling is rather ridiculous (C&EN, May 7, page 13). Because of the complexity of some racemates, resolving them into the component stereoisomers is no easy task. Any company that succeeds in this process deserves a patent, not just a process patent but a patent on the active isomer. This presumes that the other isomer will not be found "effective" for some other use and approved by the Food & Drug Administration, actually doing more harm than good.

Art Goldkamp
Redmond, Wash.

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