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Myriad Genetics’ actions justify a ban on gene patents?

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The following information was provided by Myriad’s General Counsel during his presentation on the subject during a recent BIO IP conference: In order to develop and then ensure the widest possible distribution of the Myriad BRCA diagnostic test, Myriad needed to make the initial discovery, educate the medical community on the values of personalized medicine (the BRCA test), convince insurance companies to cover the test, and educate the patient community.  All of these activities took Read More >

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Intellectual Property problems for personalized medicine

Amid growing interest in personalized medicine that stands to provide patients with better care at reduced costs, legal battles over gene patents ensue, threatening the viability of widespread implementation. On this topic authors Jennifer Gordon, Steve Lendaris and Anna Volftsun (layers at Baker Botts LLP) wrote a very interesting opinion article for The Scientist on the topic. They also examine the barriers to personalized medicine, including a pending decision in the Myriad Genetics case, and Read More >

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Tomorrow Morning on NPR: BIO, ACLU Discuss Gene Patenting

You can listen from your desk at http://www.wbur.org/listen. Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions after the first 20 minutes. If you’re interested in the topic, you can find background material on gene patenting at http://bio.org/ip/genepat/ and our amicus brief in the ACLU lawsuit is posted at http://bio.org/ip/amicus/documents/BIOAmicusBriefACLU-Myriad12-09.pdf.

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Department of State: Foster Climate Change Solutions, Biodiversity, & Economic Development with IPR Protections

CropLife has recently published their newest video interview last week with Carrie LaCrosse, of the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement at the U.S. Department of State. LaCrosse discusses the value of IP for agriculture, looking in particular at new plant varieties and how IP is part of the solution in addressing the issues of food security.

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BIO to USA Today: Patents Promote Innovation

Public debate over access to, and use of, genetic technology is a good thing. It requires the consideration of many factors, including coverage and cost, concerns over genetic discrimination and myriad regulatory issues.

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