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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...
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Public Accessibility Prior to Patent By Stuart K. Tubis – Edited by Caity Ross In re Lister, No. 2009-1060 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 22, 2009) Slip Op. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, siding with Dr. Lister, vacated and remanded the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences decision, which had affirmed an examiner’s rejection of Dr. Lister’s patent application under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b). The Federal Circuit held that the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences erred ... Read More...
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By Caity Ross British Web Tracking Tool Violates European Union Privacy Laws This Tuesday, the European Union issued a legal warning against Britain for not applying EU data privacy rules to Phorm, a new advertising technology that tracks the Web movements of internet users. BT, Britain’s largest service provider, used Phorm without its customers’ consent during 2006 and 2007. As reported in the New York Times, the European telecommunications commissioner stated that the “European privacy rules are crystal clear: a ... Read More...
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Federal Circuit Grants U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office Power to Limit Patent Applications By Sharona Hakimi – Edited by Caitlyn Ross Tafas v. Doll Federal Circuit, March 20, 2009, No. 2008-1352 Opinion On March 20th, the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in a suit that challenged rules proposed by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). Tafas, the plaintiff, contested the USPTO’s ... Read More...
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