Jurassic Patent Law

It seems that there is always some mindbending shift in patent law on the horizon. One recent example: Utah’s own Myriad Genetics, a molecular diagnostic company in Salt Lake, is party to a lawsuit that queries whether isolated genes are patentable. Even if you don’t work at Jurassic Park, the case frames a number of interesting issues in patent law such as: (1) the tension between (a) limited grants of monopoly to incentivize and reward innovation in the medical field; and (b) the interest in a rich public domain and technology access for researchers; and (2) the definition and patentability of natural phenomena.

Check it out:

“Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent”

“Myriad’s gene patenting battle moves to next stage”