U.S. appeals court reconsiders Myriad gene patent ruling

by jeeg 26. July 2012 23:57
Myriad Genetics Inc illegally patented acts of nature when it claimed ownership of two genes linked to cancer, the federal government told an appeals court on Friday.Lawyers from Myriad, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeared in the U.S. Cou... [More]

James Watson, Discoverer of DNA: Patenting Human Genes Is “Lunacy”

by jeeg 18. July 2012 21:08
Recently, Dr. James Watson filed an amicus brief opposing gene patents in our lawsuit challenging the patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Watson, along with Francis Crick, identified DNA’s ability to create life through its double helical st... [More]

Gene patent case ramps up

by jeeg 15. June 2012 23:01
Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others file legal documents challenging patents on DNA.   The ACLU briefs detail their case against seven patents held by Myriad Genetics, a diagnostics company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, regarding two genes associated with a ... [More]

Gene Patent Case Heads Back to Court

by jeeg 17. May 2012 22:01
On July 20, 2012, the battle over the patenting of genetic discoveries will resume. That is when the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is set to hear another round of arguments over the validity of patents Myriad Genetics holds on isolated gene sequences in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer g... [More]

Supreme Court Still Considering Whether To Take Gene Patenting Case

by jeeg 22. February 2012 01:17
The Supreme Court has delayed a decision on whether to hear a case that could affect the entire biotech industry -- one asking whether Myriad Genetics can own the patents on two breast cancer genes. Because it had been scheduled for a conference discussion by the justices earlier this month, ... [More]

BRCA patent dispute may head to US Supreme Court

by jeeg 30. January 2012 20:04
  The long-running dispute over patents for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes granted to Myriad Genetics may finally be laid to rest by the US Supreme Court. Sharmila Devi reports.   US physicians, scientists, and patients challenging the validity of commercial patents on human genes are ... [More]

Can a Company Own Your Genes?

by jeeg 15. December 2011 22:20
The human genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are pretty notorious. A woman carrying a harmful mutation in either of these two genes is five times more likely to develop breast cancer in her lifetime, up from a 12 percent likelihood in the general population to about 60 percent. Taken together, mutations in... [More]

ACLU and PUBPAT Ask Supreme Court to Rule that Patents on Breast Cancer Genes are Invalid

by jeeg 12. December 2011 23:52
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate patents for genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer that allow a Utah company to control access to crucial genetic tests that could lead to life-saving trea... [More]

Gene Patents "Like Trying to Keep Water in a Sieve"

by jeeg 25. October 2011 01:27
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced they will ask the Supreme Court to rule on the gene diagnostics company Myriad Genetics' patents on "isolated" BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes, two genes that can have mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer, as well as prostate canc... [More]

Gene patent case could go to Supreme Court

by jeeg 14. October 2011 23:40
Groups fighting to overturn patents related to human genes held by Utah’s Myriad Genetics said Wednesday they will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and a law professor said they have a good chance of getting the nationally significant issues heard. The American Civil Liberties Uni... [More]
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