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Mass. Hospital Wins Gene Patent Inventorship Fight

Law360 (April 29, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts General Hospital won summary judgment Thursday in a lawsuit brought by independent researchers who claimed that they, and not the hospital's scientists, discovered the genetic mutations that cause a rare birth defect.

Drs. Berish Y. Rubin and Sylvia L. Anderson sued MGH in January 2009 under Section 256 of the U.S. Patent Act to correct the inventorship of two MGH patents related to the discovery of genetic mutations that are associated with the disorder familial dysautonomia. The researchers sought to be substituted as the inventors...
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