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By Caity Ross Edited by Abby Lauer Editorial Policy In 2004, Fiona Murray and Kyle Jensen published a prominent article in the journal Science. They reported that the USPTO had issued 4,270 human gene patents for 4,382 distinct human genes. Approximately one-fifth of known human genes were claimed in a U.S. patent.[1] Beyond human genes, there are approximately 20,000 patents covering a wide range of naturally occurring DNA sequences.[2] Gene patents include “[n]ine patents [that] have been applied for on the genes which determine your eyeball, 40 on ... Read More...
Posted On May - 14 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Sixth Circuit Upholds Ohio Anti-Pornography Statute By Avis Bohlen – Edited by Dmitriy Tishyevich American Bookseller’s Foundation for Free Expression v. Strickland, Nos. 07-4375/4376 (6th Cir., April 15, 2010) Opinion On April 15, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed an Ohio district court’s decision to enjoin the enforcement of an anti-pornography child protection statute, Ohio Revised Code § 2907.31(D)(1), which criminalizes displaying or disseminating harmful materials to juveniles.  The court held that as narrowly construed ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 21 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Limits the Use of State Secrets Privilege in Warrantless Wiretapping By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Davis Doherty Al-Haramain Islamic Found., Inc. v. Obama, No. 07-0109 (N.D. Cal., Mar. 31, 2010) Memorandum of Decision and Order (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) The District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs, the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the charity’s two attorneys, finding that they presented sufficient non-classified evidence to hold the government liable ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 4 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Chinh Vo Moviemakers Sue Tens of Thousands of BitTorrent Users A coalition of independent filmmakers has sued more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders for copyright infringement in federal court in Washington D.C., the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog reports. The series of lawsuits marks the first major move in the U.S. by the movie industry to target individual torrent downloaders, rather than the torrent sites themselves, and is preceded by similar actions in Germany and the U.K. According to ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 3 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Invalidates Gene Patent By Elizabeth Akerman – Edited By Davis Doherty Assn. for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. USPTO, et al. Case no. 09-CV-4514 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2010) Slip Opinion (hosted by PatentlyO) The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held the patents issued to Myriad Genetics for isolated versions of two human genes to be “directed to a law of nature,” and therefore invalid pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 101. Judge Sweet granted ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 3 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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