Can the Patent System Help Stop a Hurricane?

oil-covered-wildlife4Natural disasters often drive home the value of a patent system that incentivizes all types of innovation — whether it be living organisms or business methods.  For example, the Chakrabarty case concerned a new living organism that could be used to help clean up oil spills.

You may have also heard of Nathan Myhrvold’s and Bill Gates’ applications for taking the bite out of hurricanes.  For example, claims of this particular application are directed at a method of doing business:  [Water Alteration Structure Risk Management or Ecological Alteration Management Systems and Methods].

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