Fed. Circ. Rejects Bid To Add Inventors To MGH Gene Patents

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit refused Thursday to add two researchers as inventors to genetic mutation patents issued to Massachusetts General Hospital, ruling their claim to have discovered the mutations first should be resolved in an interference proceeding.

Berish Rubin and Sylvia Anderson filed suit under Section 256 of the Patent Act, which allows for the correction of a named inventor. They claim that they should be substituted as inventors because the hospital obtained a copy of their research into the genetic cause of the disease familial dysautonomia...
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