Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Against Gene Patents

On March 26, the US Supreme Court overruled a 2011 federal appeals court decision that upheld the legality of genetic patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. The case is Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics.

From the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court threw out that decision, and sent the case back to the lower courts for rehearing. The high court said it sent the case back for rehearing because of its decision in another case last week saying that the laws of nature are unpatentable.
That case, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. Analysis, was decided on March 20.

Read the transcript of the oral arguments in the Prometheus case.

Crichton published two op-eds in the New York Times on the topic of gene patents:

This Essay Breaks the Law
March 19, 2006

Patenting Life
February 13, 2007

Somewhere, Michael Crichton is smiling… (yet again)

Related posts:

Gene Patents Case Appealed

Newsflash - Gene Patents Ruled Invalid

1 comment:

John said...

The ACLU explains:

With the judgment vacated, the case will be sent back to the same three-judge panel who issued the July decision. They can decide the next steps and the timeline for the case. The Federal Circuit can then issue a decision with the same or a different outcome.