If it were not for patents, most inventors would be reluctant to invest significant amounts of time and money in such projects. There used to be some fairly shady ways to delay the issue of a patent until long after the filing date, therefore, extending the period of time the invention was protected, almost indefinitely. (Research Lemelson, bar codes and "submarine patents".)
Perhaps the answer isn't to restrict patent protection, (and, therefore, decrease the incentive to innovate), but to have some of the millions being WASTED on unqualified personnel and reinventing the wheel, redirected toward buying one of the Owada freezers, (provided the freezer proved to be beneficial to cryonics procedures, of course).
**Edit: It was foolish of me to write "provided the freezer proved to be beneficial to cryonics procedures, of course," as there's cyrrently no way of proving this, and it seems the Owada method, (like many others), has only been successful with small tissue specimens, thus far. My intention was to convey that it would be wise for cryonics companies with good cash flow to spend their R&D money more wisely than they have been, by working with people/companies capable of producing advanced technological innovation, rather than relying on laymen who spend several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce something like the Autopulse project, in which all they ended up with was a vinyl liner for someone else's device.
This message has been edited by melmax on Aug 27, 2009 7:29 AM