IP: Supreme Court hears oral argument on whether isolated DNA is a product of nature

The history and implications of the upcoming AMP. v. Myriad Genetics decision

On April 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the highly anticipated Association for Molecular Pathology  v. Myriad Genetics case. The question before the court was: “Are human genes patentable?” During the argument, the court’s primary focus was on the issue of what is considered a product of nature and how much human intervention is required to transform a product of nature into a patent-eligible composition.


Questions From the Bench

During oral argument the Supreme Court tried to analogize isolated DNA to a more everyday, common composition.

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Katherine Neville

Katherine Neville, Ph.D. is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein and Borun LLP. Her practice focuses on biotechnology patent prosecution for a range of...

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