A Look At The Patentability Of 3-D Printed Human Organs

Law360, New York (May 28, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT) -- It is well established that patentability of human organisms is a legal taboo. However, with the ongoing advances in science and technology, the line between patenting human and nonhuman living organisms continues to erode.

One area of science that has the potential to transgress the line of patenting human organisms is “bioprinting.” The concept of bioprinting was born out of an intersection between 3-D printing, often used for creating 3-D models and manufacture of complex parts, and adaptation of inkjet printing technology to printing layers of...
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