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In the cases identified in that article, the scientists clearly seem to have the data and evidence to back up what they have said and should seek damages from the organisations wrongly persecuting them, either on the basis of malicious accusation or on lack of due diligence in bringing the case and incurring the costs of the defendant. They should also ask for punitive damages too, to act as a deterrent.
However, I can see no reason why Chiropractic methods cannot be criticised provided there are no ad hominem attacks on chiropracters themselves.
Ah, patents - there is another world evil that needs sorting. In the electronics/semiconductor industry patents are, primarily, a way of gathering enough weight of material to deter other huge companies from suing you. If you don't have an inventory of patents you can be in a weak position. It does not matter much in 99% of the patent claims are invalid because proving their invalidity can be very costly and time consuming. The people who are supposed to vet patents for validity are, for the most part, not competent to do so. I don't blame them for this as the subject is far too wide and complex for a patent lawyer or even any non-specialist. The large company patents are also a way of deterring small companies from getting into a field of business, which is exactly contrary to their original intent. There is also quite a bit of variation country to country with the USA, for example, not recognising prior art unless patented in the USA (or in other countries well in advance) or publicly disclosed in the USA.
BC - is what your boss did actually libel, or defamation?
This is because most writers will back down when faced personally with a £100,000+ libel suit.
which isn't really feasible due to arthritis and PAD...
If you go to the article and click on Reference 1, this is a link to a complete version of the published article. It's not grossly different to the version carried on our site.