BBC reports in study that patens at universities are blocking innovation

BBC reports that Canada-based Innovation Partnership, a non-profit consultancy, states in a newly released report that "`Blocking patents' are delaying advances in cancer medicine and food crops" and that "the full benefits of synthetic biology and nanotechnology will not be realised without urgent reforms to encourage sharing of information". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7632318.stm the full report is available (pdf, CC-license) at http://www.theinnovationpartnership.org/en/ieg/report/