The Public Debate About the Patentability of Biological Material: Is It Much Ado About Nothing?

By: Dr Teresa Schafer and Tim Clark
Piper Alderman, NSW, Australia

Partners Dr Teresa Schafer and Tim Clark look at the latest developments in this area of the patentability of genes and genetic material and explore some of the legal issues which still need to be resolved.

 

 

Introduction
For more than 20 years, the patentability of genes and genetic material has been a controversial issue, which is now coming to a head in a case before the Federal Court and with the introduction of a Private Member's Bill which seeks to exclude the patenting of human genes and biological materials existing in nature. Click here to read entire article.