Australian Commission Proposes Amendments To Patent Law For Genetic Research

Law360, New York (March 4, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- An Australian law reform commission has proposed reforms to the country’s patent law to protect Australia's genetic researchers from prosecution by companies that hold patents on genetic materials and technologies.

Moreover, Australia should create new guidelines for the patenting of human embryonic stem cells and consider establishing specialist units to monitor developments in gene patenting closely, according to a discussion paper released by the Australian Law Reform Commission.

The commission was asked in December 2002 by the federal Attorney-General asked the to examine the laws and...
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