In Curious Test Case, USPTO Rejects Patent On Human Life Form

Law360, New York (February 15, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a curious test of the limits of patentability, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected an application for a patent on a laboratory-conceived creature that would be part human and part animal.

The USPTO rejected the application on Friday, arguing that the proposed hybrid -- designed for use in medical research but not yet created -- would be too closely related to a human to be patentable.

Paradoxically, the decision represented a sort of victory for the inventor, Stuart Newman of New York Medical...
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