USPTO Can't Be Blamed For Patent On 'Fraud' Stem Cells

By Ryan Davis (February 19, 2014, 8:49 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to issue a human stem cell patent to a scientist found years ago to have fabricated his work may seem like sloppy work by the agency, but attorneys say the office doesn't have the ability to test the bona fides of an invention, nor does it need to in a system that renders fraudulent patents unenforceable.

Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk, who was convicted of embezzling research funds after his claim to have created the world's first cloned human embryos was uncovered as a fraud in 2006, was issued a U.S. patent last week that...

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