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Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

The New York Times, USA
John Schwartz & Andrew Pollack

A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property

United States District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet issued the 152-page decision, which invalidated seven patents related to the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, whose mutations have been associated with cancer.

Joy As Pelargonium Patent Revoked

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Munich 26 January 2010.

The Opposition Division of the European Patent Office (EPO) has today revoked a patent granted to Dr. Willmar Schwabe (Schwabe) in its entirety. The patent was opposed by the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) from South Africa acting on behalf of a rural community in Alice, in the Eastern Cape, in collaboration with the Swiss anti-biopiracy watchdog, the Berne Declaration.


Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

PATENTS: PUBPAT/ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Patents On Breast Cancer Genes Can Go Forward

NEW YORK -- November 2, 2009 -- A federal district court ruled today that patients and scientists can challenge patents on human genes in court, allowing a lawsuit challenging patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer to move forward.

Scientists urge better seed access

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

The News Journal

Scientists and advocates are sounding the alarm on a practice of high-tech seed producers: limiting the independent research that can be done on those seeds.

Since their introduction in the 1990s, genetically modified seeds -- those altered with foreign genetic material to give them special characteristics -- have become an indelible part of the agricultural landscape.

The Gene Hunt: Should Finders Be Keepers?

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Features - July 29, 2009

A lawsuit filed against Myriad Genetics questions the ethics of gene patents

By Lynne Peeples

Defendants in a high-profile lawsuit that could have significant implications for thousands of patents on human genes have now asked a federal judge to dismiss the case, calling it a "thinly veiled attempt to challenge the validity of patents."

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