Fed. Circ. Knocks Inventors' DNA Patent As Too Obvious

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled that a proposed patent covering a way of recombining DNA in certain cells was obvious, saying someone skilled in the field could probably come up with the technique based on existing research and inventions.

Finding in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a three-judge appeals panel upheld the rejection of a patent application by inventors Peter Droge, Nicole Christ and Elke Lorbach. The scientists sought to protect a method of sequence-specific recombination of DNA in eukaryotic cells —...
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