Analysing DNA Patents in Relation with Diagnostic Genetic Testing

14 European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG), vol. 1, January 2006, 26-33

Posted: 26 Dec 2015

See all articles by Geertrui Van Overwalle

Geertrui Van Overwalle

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Abstract

In the ongoing debate concerning DNA patents, there is a need for empirical data. We aim at treating this data set for DNA patents related to diagnostic genetic testing. To this end we developed two tools to facilitate this process. First, we set up a search strategy to find the relevant patents. Second, we provide a claim classification template to assist the user in the assessment of the subject matter covered by the patent claims and in creating a comprehensive overview of the patent situation within this field. These tools have been used in a pilot study on 11 selected hereditary disorders. In addition, a detailed analysis of the familial breast and ovarian cancer genes patents retrieved by the developed search strategy and their claim classification, after meticulous reading of the documents, allowed us to better describe the problems which medical geneticists and researchers might face when dealing with the patented technology.

Keywords: Human genetics, Gene patents, Diagnostic testing, Breast cancer genes, BRCA1, BRCA2

JEL Classification: D23, D45, H 41, H51, I18, K11, L14, L 65, O31, O32, O34,

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Analysing DNA Patents in Relation with Diagnostic Genetic Testing. 14 European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG), vol. 1, January 2006, 26-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708004

Geertrui Van Overwalle (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff/00015469

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