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Patent: Stem Cell Patent Debate Never Dies

This image depicts the technological advancement that is 'stem cell regeneration'. It depicts the harvesting of stem cells in a perti dish and their development into a human organ. But is this miracle patentable? Click on the image to read the full post.

 This post was published on May 2, 2011.   The debate with respect to genetic and stem cell patents is alive with the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) preliminary opinion in March. As per the opinion, embryonic stem cells are not patentable because use of totipotent stem cells amounts to use of human embryo for industrial or commercial purposes. As totipotent stem cells can develop into a human being and are derived from an embryo, they as per the opinion can be considered to be human embryo or based on manipulation of human embryo. This opinion was an interpretation of Article 6(2)...

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Complications In Patenting Biotech Inventions: A Peek At US Law

First Publication Date: 1st October 2010 Introduction Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the American constitution gives congress the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries. In furtherance of the power granted to it by the constitution, the congress has enacted the Patent Law, which has been codified under Title 35 of the United States Code. The objective of the US patent law as stated in the constitution is to promote the progress of science and technology. The patent...

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Small Business Innovative Research Initiative (SBIRI) Scheme from Department of Biotechnology

The image depicts the cover of the presentation with title of Trade Secrets and Biotechnology by Dr. Kalyan C Kankanala

First Publication Date: 24th December 2009. Department of Biotechnology has introduced a scheme to fund projects of small business innovative research Initiative. The scheme has become immensely popular as almost 56 Successful SBIRI applicants are listed for the scheme as on 26/11/2009. The aim of the scheme is to encourage small and medium scale industries to take up risk in innovative R&D in biotech sector. The intellectual property generated from the Project shall be the joint property of the Industry and DBT (in case of single industry) or whoever (Industries or DBT) contributed for generation of the intellectual property in case of...

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You (don’t) sow what you reap : Monsanto Corporation and Patent Enforcement

The featured image is of a Monsanto facility in Netherlands, as the post in about Monsanto, to read the post click here.

Imagine making a seed which is tolerant to herbicide through genetic engineering? The word ‘making a seed’ itself sounds a bit obscure does it not? But that’s what Monsanto Corporation does. Monsanto Corporation Inc. is a company which only a few have heard of in India, unless you’re in the agriculture & biotechnology field, but this company is one of the largest biotechnology giants in United States and Canada. They are a leading producer in the field of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and herbicides in the world. They also hold patents over these genetically modified genes and cells. A bit too much...

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ECJ Stems “Stem Cell” Patents

This image depicts the technological advancement that is 'stem cell regeneration'. It depicts the harvesting of stem cells in a perti dish and their development into a human organ. But is this miracle patentable? Click on the image to read the full post.

The sticky nature of Biotechnology research has always led to massive debates every time there was path-breaking discovery. It happened with Nucleic acids, amino acids, genetic modifications, transgenic animals and now stem cell research. This has been mainly because of its close and unavoidable link to life. When we came to believe that stem cell therapy for all monstrous ailments is around the corner, the moral police made its presence felt. After the famous WARF patents in US, it is now the turn of University of Bonn in Europe. On 18th of October in the Oliver Brustle v. Green Peace...

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