Tag: DNA

Patenting Nature: A Problem of History

Christopher Beauchamp

The practice of patenting genetic material is currently under sharp attack. Recent litigation has forced the courts to grapple with the doctrinal basis for patenting DNA sequences identical to those found in nature. Faced with conflicting authorities and difficult policy questions, courts have leaned heavily on history to guide—or at least to justify—their decisions. This article explores the history in question. It traces the patent law’s changing treatment of “products of nature” in an attempt to untangle the origins of present-day patentability arguments.... Read more about Patenting Nature: A Problem of History

  • April 17, 2013
  • Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 257