U.K. Seen As Setting Example for Australian Patent Reform

Law360, New York (November 21, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Australia should carefully review the way its patent laws cover genetic material to avoid being cut out of medical tests and future research, researchers said at a conference in Canberra.

British law researcher Dr. Margaret Llewelyn outlined how U.K. patent laws protecting the discovery of gene sequences were scrutinized in her home country and said health officials were forced to negotiate for licenses to cover testing for breast cancer genes, among other things, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Professor Anne Finlay from the Law Reform...
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