Myriad’s gene patenting battle moves to next stage

by jeeg 27. October 2010 23:31
The second stage is now set in an epic legal question over a weighty and emotional matter of public policy: Whether patents connected to naturally occurring genes can be granted by the federal government. For Myriad Genetics, a lawsuit over its patents that concern two human genes related to ... [More]

Federal Judge Hints at Views on Gene Patents

by jeeg 31. August 2010 02:50
In a recent dissent in an unrelated patent case, Federal Circuit Judge Timothy B. Dyk in Intervet v. Merial raises the question as to whether isolated DNA is patentable subject matter.  Dyk's dissent is important as a member of the Federal Circuit to whom the Myriad case has been app... [More]

‘Grim Sleeper’ Arrest Fans Debate on DNA Use

by jeeg 10. July 2010 07:13
The arrest in the case of the “Grim Sleeper” — a serial killer who terrorized South Los Angeles for two decades — has put one of the hottest controversies in American law enforcement to its first major test. Only two states, Colorado and California, have a codified po... [More]

Myriad Gene Patent Litigation Goes Down Under

by jeeg 21. June 2010 22:43
On Tuesday, June 9, 2010, several plaintiffs, including a breast cancer patient and a cancer advocacy group, sued in a Sydney, Australia federal court to invalidate Myriad Genetics’ patents on the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA-1 and 2. According to published reports and comment... [More]

Myriad Appeals Gene Patent Decision

by jeeg 18. June 2010 00:39
Just over two months ago, in a widely publicized decision we characterized as “a nearly complete victory for the plaintiffs and their supporters,” a district court judge in New York invalidated a number of Myriad Genetics’ patent claims, including the company’s paten... [More]
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