Myriad Gene Patents Invalid, Unconstitutional: ACLU

Law360, New York (May 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Bringing the first gene patent lawsuit under the First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation are seeking to invalidate seven patents covering a pair of human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer they claim could stifle research on possible cures and restrict women’s medical care options.

The suit was lodged against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, exclusive licensee Myriad Genetics and patent owner and co-owner University of Utah Research Foundation on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the...
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