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Genentech and the Stolen Gene: Patent Law and Pioneer Inventions

Bio-Science Law Review, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 198-211, 2002/2003

14 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2004  

Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Abstract

This paper evaluates the litigation over the biotechnology patent dispute between the University of California and Genentech. First it outlines the scientific work behind the cloning of the human growth hormone, and looks at the patent office, and its treatment of biotechnological inventions. Second, it considers the court room dispute, and the legal case of the University of California and the biotechnology company in this dispute. Finally, it considers the implications of this dispute for policy reform in respect of patent law and biotechnology.

Keywords: Patent law, biotechnology, human growth hormone, insulin, gene patents, research tools, ESTs, utility guidelines, intellectual property management

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Rimmer, Matthew, Genentech and the Stolen Gene: Patent Law and Pioneer Inventions. Bio-Science Law Review, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 198-211, 2002/2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=603221

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

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