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Australian Senate Committee Recommends Against Banning ‘Gene Patents’

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The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended against the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) which would have banned DNA patents in Australia.  The push by members of the Australian Senate seemed to mirror efforts in the United States surrounding the Myriad case. The Committee found that: “While previous inquiries and public discussions have focused on the patenting of human genes, the Bill goes further and proposes a specific exclusion for biological materials which Read More >

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‘Gene Patents’ Stifle Research?

'Gene Patents' Stifle Research?

The Federal Trade Commission has noted that “concern previously centered on the belief that biotechnology patent protection was too strong” and “would actually obstruct commercialization on new products, thereby hindering follow-on innovation.  This problem has yet to materialize.  The reasons for this are numerous and are often straightforward matters of basic economics. In addition to licensing being widely available, researchers make use of a variety [of] strategies to develop working solutions to the problem of Read More >

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