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.
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