Law, History and Lessons in the CRISPR Patent Conflict

Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 33, pp. 256-57, March 2015

NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2579609

2 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2015

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Jacob S. Sherkow

New York Law School; Columbia University - Department of Health Policy and Management; Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law

Date Written: March 13, 2015

Abstract

Predicting the outcome of the ongoing patent disputes surrounding genome-editing technology is equal parts patent analysis and history.

Genome-editing technology based on clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR associated protein 9 (Cas9) has generated great excitement in both academia and industry. But a potential patent dispute between two sets of inventors has left the biotech community pondering its fate. Understanding several facets of patent law and history may provide some lessons about the probable — and best — outcome for the dispute.

Keywords: intellectual property, patent, biotech, biotechnology, crispr, genetics

JEL Classification: K00, K23, K41, O3, O34, D23, K11

Suggested Citation

Sherkow, Jacob S., Law, History and Lessons in the CRISPR Patent Conflict (March 13, 2015). Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 33, pp. 256-57, March 2015; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2579609. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2579609

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