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Latest Software patents under the European Patent Convention Stories

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2010-07-21 06:30:00

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the European Patent Office (EPO) in Germany on Tuesday as officials reviewed a groundbreaking case involving a patent awarded to a British firm for a technique to boost levels of a substance in broccoli that could help prevent cancer. The method involves identifying the relevant genes on the broccoli genome and mapping them to genetic markers, then selecting the broccoli lines with these markers for use in plant breeding. However, competitors to the...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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