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Image of the Day: Private Pharma Investment Dwarfs Federal NIH Funding

There's a destructive campaign underway to encourage government confiscation of patents from pharmaceutical innovators and dictate the price for Remdesivir and other drugs.  That's a terrible and counterproductive policy under any circumstance, but particularly now that private drug innovators are already hacking away at the coronavirus.  In that vein, this helpful image illustrates the vast disparity between private investment and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding that some seem to think justifies patent confiscation, price controls or other big-government schemes:

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="964"] Private Investment Dwarfs NIH Funding[/caption]…[more]

June 01, 2020 • 10:24 AM

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Home Jester's Courtroom Seinfeld's Wife Did Not Cook the Books
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Tuesday, June 08 2010

A U.S. federal court of appeals ruled that Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food," did not plagiarize author Missy Chase Lapines' rival cookbook, "The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals."
 
In a lawsuit Seinfeld's comedic husband Jerry has jokingly called a case of "vegetable plagarism," the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the two books are "not confusingly similar," adding in its written ruling that, "stockpiling vegetable purees for covert use in children's food is an idea that cannot be copyrighted."
 
In court papers, lawyers for Jessica Seinfeld had accused Lapine of falsely claiming she invented the idea of hiding fruits and vegetables in children's meals when "countless prior works utilized this very same unprotectable idea."

 Despite the latest court ruling, Lapine's lawyer noted that his client continues to pursue a defamation action against Jerry Seinfeld in New York state court.

—Source:  CBSNews.com and The Wall Street Journal

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