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Prioritizing Patents For Stem Cell Inventions

Law360 (February 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Stem cell technologies offer the promise of exciting new therapies. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and paralyzing spinal cord injuries are among the diseases and conditions being investigated as potentially treatable with stem cell therapies.

Despite its potential medical benefits, the use of stem cell therapies remains controversial, with opponents arguing that patent protection should not be extended to stem cell technologies as their commercial exploitation would be contrary to public policy.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“WARF”), which functions as the technology transfer arm of...
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