EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

12.20.09

The Great Pharmaceutical Patent Hoax and the Gates Pharmaceutical Patent Investments

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft, Patents at 7:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gates Foundation logo

Summary: Why the pharmaceutical industry does not need patents and a reminder that Bill Gates invests heavily in these patents

A FEW days ago we promised to say something about pharmaceutical patents, which are some of the most evil and unethical patents out there (see Novartis for example [1, 2, 3, 4] as it is a top lobbyist for patents, just like Microsoft).

USPTOIn our previous explorations of the Gates Foundation we showed that it was a multi-billion dollar investor in pharmaceutical patents [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. There is an unethical issue here — an issue which we wrote about in recent days [1, 2].

Here is a long and interesting analysis of the Gates Foundation, aptly titled “rich out for the poor”

It concludes with:

I love it when everything comes together for the good of those who love the poor. This is the climate change I’d like to see enveloping the whole creative CGIAR.

Speaking of climate change, the Gates Foundation denies global warming and so do other patent maximalists like Gene Quinn (a patent maximalist who lobbies very hard for software patents). He is calling Global Warming a “Fraud” in order to defend patents which prevent the fight against pollution and other harms to the environment. Well, patents and ethics never mixed well.

As we promised at the start, we wish to also rebut the perception that patents can save lives. It’s the propaganda used by the big pharmaceutical companies and it is contradicted by one of the first answers in the following good talk. [thanks to our reader Fewa for pointing this out]

The claim that patents are vital for the pharmaceutical industry ignores the fact that almost all the research is publicly funded and from the overall income only about 15% is diverted towards research and discovery. About 40% goes towards manufacturing and the rest is profit and marketing (sometimes telling people there is something wrong with them so that they buy drugs they do not require and may even have nasty side effects and unknown long-term ramifications). Research prioritises proftable products like those which rich people will buy (e.g. creams against wrinkles), as opposed to drugs that save lives of poor people who can hadly pay and thus are not in the shareholders’ interest.

One of our readers, The Mad Hatter, added the following two references yesterday:

1. Big Pharma’s Crime Spree

Big Pharma’s Crime Spree

Rather than having a deterrent effect, the number of Big Pharma high profile criminal settlements is increasing and the settlements are getting bigger. BIG PHARMA’S CRIME SPREE is a riveting report by David Evans in the current issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine relying on recent criminal legal settlements. It leaves no doubt about the fact that Big Pharma’s business practices are defined by criminal activities.

2. Possible MS Breakthrough Neglected By American Media

Possible MS [Multiple Sclerosis] Breakthrough Neglected By American Media

Folks who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis are not really a rowdy bunch. Activism and outrage are hard to muster for the chronically fatigued. But since Thanksgiving, people with MS and their loved ones have gone all ACT-UP 2.0.

That is, the past few weeks have seen a surge in online activity within the MS community – as bloggers, vloggers and forum posters are calling one another to action in response to the lack of response to what many perceive to the scientific breakthrough they’ve been waiting for.

There are even more heinous crimes from this whole industry. Apart from experimentation with poor populations (drug testing in Africa for example*), just a few weeks ago there were reports which revealed that the big pharmaceutical companies paid makers of generic drugs to close shop and stop competing so that affordable drugs are taken off the market shelves (and thus kill an already-impoverished population). Sounds like Microsoft, doesn’t it? Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz made it rather clear that this is a common problem, not the exception.

There are many reasons to argue that the pharmaceutical industry does not need patents. It is trying to defend and sometimes shore up an old business model, whereas others in this field have already moved on to paradigms of sharing (see the references here). It is less wasteful, so progress is more rapid and the customer/patient benefits the most.
___
* To give an extreme example, the United States used the population of south Vietnam as a “control group” after resorting to chemical warfare.

“Gates has created a huge blood-buying operation that only cares about money, not about people.”

AIDS organisation manager, December 2009 (New York Times)

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 31/8/2014: Linux 3.12.27, Akademy 2014

    Links for the day



  2. Links 30/8/2014: Jailhouse 0.1, *buntu 14.10 Beta

    Links for the day



  3. Links 28/8/2014: Many New Games, CTO of Red Hat Steps Down

    Links for the day



  4. We Are Gradually Winning the Battle Against Software Patents

    The once-elusive war on software patents is finally leading to some breakthrough and even the Federal Circuit reinforces the trend of software patents' demise



  5. Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Companies Versus FOSS Moles (VMware, Sonatype, Xamarin)

    A look at three entities which pretend to be pro-FOSS but are actually FOSS-hostile and very much determined to replace FOSS with proprietary software



  6. Links 27/8/2014: GNU/Linux in Space, China, LinuxCon

    Links for the day



  7. FUD Against Google and FOSS Security Amid Microsoft Windows Security Blunders

    In the age of widespread fraud due to Microsoft Windows with its back doors there is an attempt to shift focus to already-fixed flaws/deficiencies in competitors of Microsoft



  8. Microsoft Spin Watch: IDG Turns to More Microsoft Propaganda, Hires Microsoft Boosters

    Media in Microsoft's pocket is telling Microsoft's lies and deceives the public for Microsoft's bottom line



  9. Microsoft's Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

    A new report about Microsoft's admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft's criminal aspects



  10. Links 25/8/2014: China's Linux Revolution Imminent

    Links for the day



  11. Links 24/8/2014: GNU/Linux Specialisation and Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  12. Links 23/8/2014: GNU/Linux Growth

    Links for the day



  13. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  14. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  15. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  16. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  17. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  18. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  19. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  20. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  21. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  22. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  23. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  24. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  25. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus



  26. Links 19/8/2014: Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Betrayal, Mercedes-Benz Runs GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  27. BlackBerry -- Like Microsoft Nokia -- Could be the Next Patent Proxy Troll

    BlackBerry is restructuring for patent assertion (i.e. trolling) in the wake of some alliances with Microsoft



  28. After Microsoft's Soft Bribe Some Non-Technical Deputy Does Not Like Free Software, Microsoft-Linked Media Responds to This Non-News by Making Bogus Claims of Munich Leaving GNU/Linux (Updated)

    The subversive forces that have secretly been attacking Munich over its migration to GNU/Linux (Microsoft press, Gartner, and even HP) are back to doing it while China and Russia follow Munich's lead



  29. Gates Foundation CFO Quits and Debate About Revolving Doors Recalled Amid Systematic and Shrewd Bribery of Public Officials

    More officials step out of the Gates Foundation and their destination is not known yet; Gates continues to corrupt the public sector with his money so as to increase personal gain at taxpayers' expense



  30. Links 19/8/2014: GNU/Linux Raves and Alternative to Proprietary Voice Chat

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts