Dolly the Sheep’s Clones Deemed Unpatentable by Court

by jeeg 10. May 2014 00:20
  The Scottish scientists famous for concocting “Dolly” the sheep lost a bid to get U.S. patent protection for the cloned animal, as a court said their creations are just genetic copies of naturally occurring beings. The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh had argued that Dolly, which... [More]

Top WIPO Official Accused of DNA Theft

by jeeg 6. May 2014 21:27
  The top American official at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization has accused its Director General, Francis Gurry, of “serious misconduct”  and “violations of national and international law” in connection with a bizarre series... [More]

Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulent

by jeeg 18. February 2014 16:55
Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk electrified the science world 10 years ago with his claim that he had created the world’s first cloned human embryos and had extracted stem cells from them. But the work was later found to be fraudulent, and Dr. Hwang was fired from his university and convicte... [More]

Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in genetically modified soybean case

by jeeg 13. May 2013 21:23
The Supreme Court agreed with Monsanto on Monday that an Indiana farmer’s un­or­tho­dox planting of the company’s genetically modified soybeans violated the agricultural giant’s patent. The court unanimously rejected farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman’s argu... [More]

Supreme Court Appears to Defend Patent on Soybean

by jeeg 22. February 2013 22:15
  A freewheeling and almost entirely one-sided argument at the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that the justices would not allow Monsanto’s patents for genetically altered soybeans to be threatened by an Indiana farmer who used them without paying the company a fee. The question... [More]

E.U. Patents on Transgenic Chimps Challenged

by jeeg 16. November 2012 22:32
  Animal rights activists in Germany are contesting three patents on genetically engineered chimpanzees granted this year by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. One of the challenges was filed today; the other two will follow shortly, says Ruth Tippe, a spokesperson for a German ad... [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]

Stem cell patents ruled illegal in Europe

by jeeg 19. October 2011 21:22
Stem-cell researchers in Europe have been left dismayed by a ruling today outlawing patents on stem cells obtained through destruction of human embryos. Issued today by the European Court of Justice, the region's highest court, the ruling essentially declares illegal patents on stem cells ex... [More]
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