A few years back, India open sourced all the information they had on the medicinal properties of many of the spices grown and used in the country. US companies were trying to patent the curative properties of spices from India.The cartoon isn’t too far from being right. What is worse is how patents are being used to stymie development of new products. Monsanto also was able to put through a law that protects them in the event one of their gmo products is found to cause problems for farmers, producers, and/or consumers.Protected from litigation in advance. Respectfully,C.