Are Human Genes Patentable?

Patent law and uneasy compromises at the U.S. Supreme Court

, New Jersey Law Journal


At oral argument in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court grappled with the question of whether human genes are patentable. Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to capture the justices' sentiment: "The patent law is filled with uneasy compromises." How the justices decide this case will affect the future work of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and shape the path of genetic research.

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