Genetic diseases and disorders which are caused by faulty genes in cells are debilitating and worsen the quality of life of a patient. But what if you could return the faulty genes to normalcy as easily as fixing your profile picture with Photoshop? Or even create a designer baby with desired features? A gene-editing tool known as clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) opened up the possibility of achieving such tasks that seemed to be improbable in the past.
When we talk about obtaining intellectual property rights on a new product or a process, we usually direct those rights to patents. Patent rights is a type of intellectual property rights in which the owner of an invention is awarded with a monopolistic ownership of the product or a process for a given period of time, after which the invention goes into public domain. It is also known that patents are a way to encourage invention by providing exclusive ownership and exploitation rights of a creation.
By Joel Cheong
Ever had that momentary flash of genius where you had an idea so bright and radiant that it lit up the space above the latrine you were sitting on and you couldn’t help but exclaim “Aha!”, to the horror of the occupants of nearby cubicles?
What if that idea was related to something that would change the way things work or provide a solution to the world’s problems? What next?