Supreme Court Voids Human Gene Patents

Fallout from unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling could be limited.

, The National Law Journal


Reversing decades of federal patent awards, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that human genes and the information they encode are not patent-eligible.

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  • tom

    seems like a serious impediment for continued research in genetics. The fact that it took a private company this much time and money to ID the gene could indicate that in the future, private labs and companies will not be able to raise funds for such research. I know I wouldn't invest in a company whose intellectual property could be taken without compensation. And look at what happened to that stock price upon this decision - down 25%.

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