[Ip-health] U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents
jdr at ramoslink.info
Sat Oct 30 08:11:20 PDT 2010
October 29, 2010
Reversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday
that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because
they are part of nature. The new position could have a huge impact on
medicine and on the biotechnology industry.
Document: Friend-of-the-Court Brief (pdf)
The new position was declared in a friend-of-the-court brief filed by
the Department of Justice late Friday in a case involving two human
genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
“We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding
practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of
the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that
have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,”
the brief said.
It is not clear if the position in the legal brief, which appears to
have been the result of discussions among various government agencies,
will be put into effect by the Patent Office.............
Joana Ramos, MSW
Cancer Resources & Advocacy
Seattle WA USA
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