[Coral-List] Patents

Abigail Thompson aby05 at plasa.com
Tue Jun 7 05:26:57 EDT 2005

Dear Coral list members

I and my colleagues are very disturbed by these moves to 
patent what are obviously common and generic techniques 
widely used in may countries, with small variations. Not 
just propagation but even simple modes of packing for 

I am not a patent expert and have little idea as to the 
geographic spread and legal force of these patents if they 
succeed. I would like more information on this point from 
anyone with this expertise. I am pretty sure here in 
Indonesia any patent will be circumvented, but may be an 
excuse for increased bribery & corruption...

However, I very much hope they don't get granted and that 
soemone out there can do the necessary to make sure they 

It is like patenting jam-making... something anyone could 
do without a patent once they know the principles, then 
develop their own "wrinkles"!

Good luck Michael!

Best regards


Abigail Moore MSc
Marine Consultant
Yayasan Palu Hijau
Jl Setia Budi Lrg Siswa No12
Palu 94111
Tel/fax: 0451 422811
Email: abigail2105 at yahoo.com and aby05 at plasa.com

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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 23:56:53 +0900
>From: "Michael Arvedlund" <arvedlund at speedpost.net>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Urgent message to all coral list 
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Message-ID: 
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> Regarding a possible patent on coral fragmentation – 
> Dear everybody, a friend of mine sent me this mail below 
>here, which I
> think you all should have a chance to read. Regards, 
>Mike Arvedlund,
> Sesoko Station, Okinawa, Japan. 
>(arvedlund at speedpost.net).
> This is the email: 
> “You will find below and attached some information 
>transmitted by the
> coordinators of the EUAC Coral ASP concerning a patent 
>on coral
> propagation techniques under application process. The 
>patent application
> is made by a French company. You will find here after a 
>list of website
> pages, at which you can view the patent applications 
>(some are not 
> concerning the corals but are inserted as additional 
> http://l2.espacenet.com/espacenet/viewer?PN=FR2857946&CY=fr&LG=fr&DB=EPD
> http://l2.espacenet.com/espacenet/viewer?PN=CA2462921&CY=fr&LG=fr&DB=EPD
> http://l2.espacenet.com/espacenet/viewer?PN=EP1488696&CY=fr&LG=fr&DB=EPD
> http://fr.espacenet.com/espacenet/fr/fr/e_net.htm
> http://l2.espacenet.com/espacenet/viewer?PN=FR2854387&CY=fr&LG=fr&DB=EPD
> You can also have access to the different data about of 
>the patent
> application through the European Patent Office (EPO) 
> http://my.epoline.org/portal/public
> to get in the website, you have to: register (it takes 1 
> receive your username and password, enter your password 
>and your user
> name and, visit "File inspection"
> The application number is : EP04102643
> A lot of people are concerned by this patent. As an 
>example, you will
> also find attached a letter of information written by 
>Waterweelde giving
> the standpoint of this company. The EUAC committee think 
>that the matter
> is quiet serious as it seems that Aquaria that use such 
>techniques for
> coral propagation for quite a long time now, could not 
>do it anymore due
> to this patent. To use these techniques, the Aquaria 
>should pay fees. If
> not, they could be at risk to be sued by the patent 
>owner. A lot of work
> about coral propagation has been done with very good 
>results by
> different institutions in Europe prior to the French 
>company who wants
> to patent the technique. We think that such work should 
>be taken in
> account by the Office in charge of reviewing the 
> A message had been sent on the discussion forum of the 
> (EUACCoralASP at yahoogroups.com), raising many answers 
>from various
> institutions.
> It clearly shows that there is a general concern about 
>that matter. We
> invite anybody who is concerned by this matter to 
>contact the EUAC Coral
> ASP coordinators to see what evidence (document, 
>litterature, photos,
> video..) showing that these techniques were used 
>successfully prior to
> 2003, could be gathered and sent to the office in charge 
>of reviewing
> the patent.
> Then, a letter (with, as an attachment, all the 
>references of the
> evidences gathered) should be sent by EUAC to the 
>office. It is very
> urgent to act as the patent will be granted next month, 
>23rd june.
> Anybody who thinks he can help should show up very 
>quickly. The EUAC
> secretary will be kept informed about the progress. 
>Please inform the
> EUAC secretariat about the undertaken actions.
> Best regards to everybody.
> EUAC Secretary General
> Oceanographic Museum
> Avenue Saint-Martin
> MC 98000 MONACO
> Phone +377 93 15 36 00
>Fax +377 93 50 52 97
> euac at oceano.mc
> Dr. Michael Arvedlund
> JSPS Research Fellow
> Tropical Biosphere Research Center 
> Sesoko Station University of the Ryukyus 
> 3422 Sesoko Motobu Okinawa 905-0227 Japan
> Office Telephone: +81-980-47-6001 
>FAX: +81-980-47-4919
> E-mail: arvedlund at speedpost.net
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