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Should the USPTO Allow the Patenting of Living Organisms?

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Last year, a question was submitted to the GMO advocacy website GMOAnswers about whether or not the USPTO should allow the patenting of living organisms. Under 35 U.S.C. 101, “the laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas have been held not patentable.” Therefore the USPTO cannot and does not award patents on living organisms that were merely discovered in nature. However, the U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Diamond v. Chakrabarty that a “nonnaturally occurring Read More >

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

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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 Read More >

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BIO and USPTO Trace the Journey of Biotech Inventions

BIO will be co-hosting an event with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the issuance of U.S.patent 4,259,444 to Ananda Chakrabarty following the Supreme Court case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which held that Chakrabarty’s bioengineered bacterium was eligible for patenting.  The event will be held during the BIO International Convention on the morning of Thursday, June 30, at the Walter E.Washington Convention Center inWashington, D.C.  See the BIOtech Read More >

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