Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Gene Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 15 appeared skeptical of claims that native DNA is patentable during oral arguments in a case closely watched by the medical community and biotech industry ( The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc. ,...

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Whether Human Genes are Patentable IP Topics

by Deborah A. Somerville and Joseph A. Coppola, Ph.D. On April 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc., et al. , a case that addresses the question "Are human genes patentable?" At stake are a group of patents...

Supreme Court Partly Reverses, Says Isolated DNA Not Patentable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a unanimous ruling June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court found that although complementary DNA, or "cDNA," is patent-eligible, isolated DNA is not ( The Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc. , No. 12-398, U.S. Sup.; See 5/6/13...