From the US Patent and Trademark Office:
Public input will help the USPTO complete report in a quality manner
Washington - The
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is gathering
information on genetic diagnostic testing for purposes of preparing a
report for Congress on the subject as required by the America Invents
Act (AIA). To assist in gathering this information, the USPTO invites
the public to provide written comments and/or to testify at public
hearings addressing genetic diagnostic testing on February 16, 2012
(9:00 a.m. ET) at the Alexandria, Virginia campus and on March 9, 2012
(9:00 a.m. PT) at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice,
University of San Diego in San Diego, California.
Section 27 of the AIA charges the Director of the USPTO with delivering
to Congress a study and recommendations no later than nine months after
the enactment of the Act (i.e., by June 15, 2012) regarding independent
second opinion genetic diagnostic testing where patents and exclusive
licenses exist that cover primary genetic diagnostic tests.
The USPTO seeks comments on how to address the issue of independent
second opinion genetic diagnostic testing and its relationship to
medical care and medical practice, the rights of innovators,
considerations relevant to medical costs and insurance coverage, in
addition to other issues relevant to the scope of the study. The USPTO
will use the collected information to evaluate possible administrative
or legislative recommendations that may be provided to Congress. A full
list of questions, information on prescheduling hearing testimony, and
written comment submission details can be found in the Federal Register
Notice available at www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/2012-1481_genetic-testing-hearing-notice.pdf.
The public hearings will be available via Web cast. Information about the Web cast will be posted at www.uspto.gov/americainventsact
before the public hearing. Transcripts of the hearings will be
available for review through the same URL following the hearings.
For non-press inquiries, contact Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, (571)-272-6900, Office of the Chief Economist.
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