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Supreme Court ruling throws doubt over countless life-sciences patents

from The Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously declared a company's patents on a medical-testing process invalid, a decision that could affect the patentability of countless numbers of life-sciences inventions developed at universities and other research institutions. Patent claims that merely describe natural phenomena are not patent-eligible, the court said, and the diagnostic procedure outlined in the patents at stake in the case "adds nothing to the laws of nature that is not already present when the steps are considered separately." more


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