High Court Case Could Strike Down Human Gene Patents

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT) -- A case set for argument at the U.S. Supreme Court next week over whether human genes can be claimed as intellectual property has the potential to throw into question the validity of thousands of patents and set guidelines on whether decisions by the patent office are entitled to deference when weighing patentability, attorneys say.

The high court will hear arguments Monday in a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union arguing that breast cancer genes isolated by Myriad Genetics Inc. are not eligible for patents because...
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