Decoding the Research Exemption

Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 148-154, 2006

7 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006 Last revised: 17 Aug 2017

Date Written: May 25, 2011


While debate continues as to whether genetic sequences, which many argue represent natural phenomena rather than inventions, should be subject to standard patent protections, issuance of patents that claim DNA sequences remains common practice. In an attempt to insulate researchers from patent claims that could hinder scientific progress, many countries have provided general exemptions for scientific research. However, there is no international consensus about the extent of required protections, and even existing exemptions vary widely in clarity and are limited in practical application. We believe that gene patents raise several unique issues that are inadequately handled by the current research exemptions.

Keywords: genetics, research, patents, research exemption, international

Suggested Citation

Paradise, Jordan K. and Janson, Christopher, Decoding the Research Exemption (May 25, 2011). Nature Reviews Genetics, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 148-154, 2006 . Available at SSRN:

Jordan K. Paradise (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Christopher Janson

NEAR ( email )

Box 772
Fairfield, CT 06824
United States

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