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
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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