Celebrating 30 Years of Biotechnology Innovation: From Diamond v. Chakrabarty to Today

David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), provided opening remarks at an event entitled, Celebrating 30 years of Biotechnology Innovation: From Diamond v. Chakrabarty to Today during the 2011 BIO International Convention.

The forum, co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office, The Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Biojudiciary Project, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the issuance of the patent from the Supreme Court case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which held that subject matter derived from nature is eligible for patenting. This pivotal decision has led to numerous breakthroughs in medical therapies, increased crop yields and renewable fuels.

The event traced the journey of a biotechnology invention from the university to the USPTO and the marketplace and highlighted breakthrough biotechnology inventions of the past 30 years.

Read David Kappos’ full remarks.

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