Robinson Bradshaw

Category: Intellectual Property

What’s Going On with Patentable Subject Matter?

What’s the status of patentable subject matter? The short answer is: it’s a bigger mess than ever. If you ask the judges of the Federal Circuit (the national patent appeals court), it’s all but hopeless. Things have gotten so bad that we’re seeing that rarest of political phenomena, bipartisan Congressional action. Patentable subject matter (often […]

Clash of Titans: The Fight Over the CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent Rights

As we noted in previous posts in the Genomics Law Report (now, The Privacy Report), a major dispute over patent rights to CRISPR (for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)-Cas9 systems broke out in January 2016 between Feng Zhang and the Harvard–MIT-affiliated Broad Institute on one side and Jennifer Doudna and the University of California–Berkeley […]