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

See all articles by Jacob S. Sherkow

Jacob S. Sherkow

University of Illinois College of Law; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law

Ryan Abbott

University of Surrey School of Law; University of California, Los Angeles - David Geffen School of Medicine

Date Written: March 28, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sherkow, Jacob S. and Abbott, Ryan Benjamin, Fortune and Hindsight: Gene Patents’ Muted Effect on Medical Practice (March 28, 2018). British Medical Bulletin, 2018, Vol. 127, pp. 37–45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486819

Jacob S. Sherkow (Contact Author)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology ( email )

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Ryan Benjamin Abbott

University of Surrey School of Law ( email )

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University of California, Los Angeles - David Geffen School of Medicine ( email )

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