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                                                                       NYC Parks Unveils New $4.2 Million
                  The Supreme Court Has
               Weakened U.S. Patents, And                                   Waterfront Recreation Space at

                      Congress Must Act                                      Sunset Cove in Broad Channel

                                         By Howard Dean
                 The Supreme Court has handed down momentous deci-
            sions over the past two decades on a variety of hot-button
            issues. But some of the most consequential rulings -- for
            our physical well-being, our economic vitality, and even our
            national security -- have flown under the radar.
                 For years, the justices have steadily chipped away at long-
            standing intellectual property rights. By doing so, they’ve
            unintentionally stymied investment into critical industries,
            from medical diagnostics to artificial intelligence, that will
            determine our health, wealth, and security for much of the
            21st century.
                 Take, for instance, Mayo Collaborative Services v.
            Prometheus Laboratories. Prometheus Labs had sued the
            Mayo Clinic for violating a patent on a diagnostic test for
            gastrointestinal disease. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012
            that the Mayo Clinic had, in fact, infringed Prometheus’
            patent -- but also ruled that the Prometheus technology was
            ineligible for patenting because it measured a naturally oc-
            curring process, even though the test itself was clearly novel.
                 Mayo caused investors to reduce their funding for U.S.   $4.2 million project has created a new outdoor classroom and installed a boardwalk built
            medical diagnostics companies by billions of dollars in the   with reclaimed wood from Sandy-destroyed Rockaway Boardwalk. See story on page 9.
            years following the Court’s ruling. That drop helps explain

                                                                    Queens DA Melinda Katz Donates Her
                           (Continued on page 2)
          The Newly Released Census Data                                  Father’s Piano to Queens College
           Reveals That The Third Largest

                Group in The US is Irish

                                                                   Pictured from left to right are Iemma; Li; Moreira; Katz; Wu; School of Music Chair Michael
             According to the 2020 Cen-  listed as “White alone or in any   Lipsey; and Donald Perrone, professor of piano performance. Credit De’Shaun Bayne.
        sus Data the Irish is the third  other combination” the Irish is the
        largest group in the US, newly  third-largest group in the category             At  a  recent  reception  at  School of Music. David Katz  performed  in Colden Audito-
        released Census data has revealed.  in the US, followed by English   Queens College, emceed by  founded and conducted the  rium, a venue in the college’s
        38,597,428 people said they were  (46.5 million) and German (44.9   President Frank H. Wu, recog-  Queens Symphony Orchestra  Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
        Irish alone or in any combination  million). Italian (16.8 million),   nized District Attorney Melinda  (QSO), the only professional  Music students Ricky Moreira,
        during the 2020 Census, making  Polish (8.5 million), and Scottish   Katz for donating her late father  orchestra in the borough; the  Binghao Li, and Donovan Iemma
        up 16.4 percent of the overall  (8.4 million) make up the top five.   David Katz’s Concert Grand  donation commemorates his  performed selections from the
        White alone or in combination  Irish is also the third-largest group   Steinway to the college. The  efforts to make classical music  works of Beethoven, Granados,
        population in the US.                                      piano will be used by students  more accessible to communities  and Mozart, respectively, on the
             Under the groups that are    (Continued on page 2)    in the college’s Aaron Copland  in Queens. For many years, QSO  newly donated piano.
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