Fortune and Hindsight: Gene Patents’ Muted Effect on Medical Practice
British Medical Bulletin, 2018, Vol. 127, pp. 37–45
9 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2019
Date Written: March 28, 2018
Physicians have long worried about gene patents’ potential to restrict their medical practices. Fortune and hindsight have proven these worries exaggerated both in the UK and elsewhere. Neither current nor future medical practices appear to be impinged by gene patents, although they may be subject to future intellectual property disputes.
Keywords: medicine, genetics, patents, clinical, diagnostics
JEL Classification: K11, K19, K39, O34, K00
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