Pluripotent Patents Make Prime Time: An Analysis of the Emerging Landscape

Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 557-559, June 2010

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 1622556

3 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2010 Last revised: 19 May 2016

See all articles by Brenda M. Simon

Brenda M. Simon

California Western School of Law; University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Charles E. Murdoch

University of Alberta

Christopher Thomas Scott

Baylor University - Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper explores the emerging landscape of patents related to induced pluripotent stem cells. These stem cells do not raise the same ethical issues as human embryonic stem cells, as they do not require the use of human embryos.

When induced pluripotent stem cells burst onto the scene in 2007, they brought along with them a new approach to stem cell research. The field has moved along at a blistering pace, and this is reflected in the international patent landscape. Dozens of applications have been filed internationally, and in the past two years, the first three patents including claims to this technology have issued in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In our paper, we briefly examine the potential scope of the issued patents.

Keywords: Patents, pluripotency, stem cells

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

Simon, Brenda M. and Murdoch, Charles E. and Scott, Christopher Thomas, Pluripotent Patents Make Prime Time: An Analysis of the Emerging Landscape (June 1, 2010). Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 557-559, June 2010 , Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 1622556, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1622556

Brenda M. Simon (Contact Author)

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Charles E. Murdoch

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Christopher Thomas Scott

Baylor University - Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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