Patents/Intellectual Property Rights
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Gene Patent Case Heads Back to Court

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

The court battle over the legality of gene patents, which will affect the future of genetic disease diagnostics, heads back to court this summer.

More and more patents on conventional breeding granted

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Put emergency brakes on European Patent Office now!

Munich/ Brussels 3.4.2012 - Today, the international coalition of “No
Patents on Seeds” is publishing a report on patents connected to the
conventional breeding of plants and animals granted by, or applied for at
the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2011. The report gives examples of
patents on sunflowers, melons, cucumbers, rice and wheat. Patents were
granted despite a decision of the highest court of the EPO (Enlarged Board
of Appeal) in 2010, reaffirming the prohibition of patents on conventional

Could SCOTUS Prometheus ruling be the end of human gene patents?

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

The Mayo Clinic and its lawyers at Mayer Brown weren't the only ones to welcome the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday that Prometheus Laboratories cannot patent a medical test that relies on correlations between drug dosages and treatment. Lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union see the high court's unanimous decision as a good omen for their own case challenging the patentability of human genes.

Patented GE chili of New Mexico (USA) State University raises concerns

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "Now that New Mexico State University owns a patent for genetically modified chile, the debate over genetically modified organisms is heating up. NMSU received $1 million from the state Legislature in between 2008 and 2012 to experiment with modifying chile through biochemical and genetic research. [...] However, some groups are against the new plant. UNM students are volunteering with the Save New Mexico Seeds, a coalition of farmers, citizens and organizations concerned about the introduction of genetically engineered chile to New Mexico.


Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

SUMMARY: "The European Patent Office in Munich has recently granted a patent for the German company Bayer for breeding plants with a higher stress tolerance (EP1616013). The comprehensive patent will give Bayer monopoly control over important food crops including both genetic engineering in plants and the process for conventional breeding and plants derived thereof. [...] “This new patent for Bayer breaks the law. It conflicts in particular with the prohibition of patents on essentially biological’ processes for breeding.”"

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