Consumers Urge Fed. Circ. To Strike Down Stem Cell Patent

Law360, New York (July 2, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Human embryonic stem cells are not eligible for patent protection because they are a “product of nature,” a consumer group told the Federal Circuit on Tuesday, arguing that a stem cell patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation should be declared invalid.

Consumer Watchdog said reversing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision in January upholding the patent was “particularly appropriate” in light of last month's Myriad Genetics case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found human genes are not patent-eligible. U.S. Patent Number 7,029,913...
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