Medical company threatens to sue volunteers that 3D-printed valves for life-saving #coronavirus treatments
@Gargron Does said medical device company fund the Verge? I am just curious which company would do this amidst the crisis.
I could see if a regulating body stepped in and said that the valves had not been made using a validated process. But the actual company itself seems like more concern for bottom line than it does for safety.
@Gargron Is that FabLab the company that's threatening litigation? The story almost makes it sound like it's a third party company that the guy happens to work for...
The main reason is that medical gear needs astounding levels of quality control. There are legitimate reasons for (many of) the high prices these sorts of things go for.
The Italian situation seems to be one of use the dodgy ventilator or the patient dies anyway but we shouldn't mistake that for best practices.
@suetanvil We should also not justify the narratives of medical industry that is clearly making more than a reasonable share thanks to patents and arbitrary prices. It' hard to believe thay this is all explainable with quality control, or even mostly, and there are such drastic price differences between regions (say NA vs EU vs India) that this logic simply doesnt hold. Patents in medicine are largely harmful to those in need.
@Gargron Jesus fucking christ what is happening in the world where is the love an compa...
ima ganna stop here,I didnt expect anything less from humankind ngl
@Gargron Patents are just stupid... You invent one thing and patent it and leech of it until you die... That is just wrong in many ways. Not good for progress.
@madrox @Gargron they are an okay idea but terrible execution. In the fast-moving world of today, no copyright term ever should be in tens of years. Make it like 2 years and everything will be okay:
- still fine to conquer the market for inventions
- still fine to collect the box office revenue for movies
- still fine to sell millions of copies of a music album
What it is not fine for is the blatant abuse that is being done by corporations today.
@gargron Yeah ... I couldn't believe what I was reading. Trying to make a fortune off hospitals who need the supplies to treat patients. We can be judging harshly the company all day long but we don't know what's like to be on their side of things.
This is why patent and copyright laws are proven to be illegal.
It is also why equipment that I have designed for disabled people over the years have not been forwarded to any companies for production.
Any company that I could, or would, approach would price them out of the reach of those who would benefit from them.
Capitalism is cruelty.
@Gargron the article has now been updated to say that that’s not what happened. The company never threatened to sue. The original article mis-interpreted the words of a professor who was not directly involved in the conversation between the students who printed the valve and the company which holds the patent. There’s plenty wrong with the medical industry without making things up.
@Gargron I found that news deeply disturbing, but not entirely surprising given that that firm was stupid enough to buy IP from Theranos. There's always some patent trolls looming in this business...and they should be destroyed.
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