Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes

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We have all heard the popular adage, "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." Can we ever say that the parts, when divided, are greater than their assembled whole? In relation to the issue of genetic patentability, this question forms the central argument. When a scientist breaks down a piece of genetic material, singling out smaller pieces of material than have previously been identified and tested, has that scientist established a 'unique process' that can thereafter gain patent protection? Join Amy Goldsmith as she See more +
We have all heard the popular adage, "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." Can we ever say that the parts, when divided, are greater than their assembled whole? In relation to the issue of genetic patentability, this question forms the central argument. When a scientist breaks down a piece of genetic material, singling out smaller pieces of material than have previously been identified and tested, has that scientist established a 'unique process' that can thereafter gain patent protection? Join Amy Goldsmith as she explores, in this the latest part of her Genetic Patent Series, the burgeoning issue of paten protection eligibility for genetic processes. See less -
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