Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Australia

Update: Continued Speculation on Myriad’s Motives Down Under

Last week, we wondered what Myriad Genetics had in mind by offering to surrender one of its Australian breast cancer patents as a “gift…to the people of Australia.” This week, in an interview with Turna Ray of the Pharmacogenomics Reporter, Luigi Palombi, director of the Genetic Sequence Right Project at The Australian National University, attempted […]

Surrendering a Gene Patent: An International Twist in Myriad Debate

Several months ago we reported that a group of Australian plaintiffs had initiated litigation challenging the validity of Myriad’s Australian BRCA patents. Much like its U.S. counterpart, the Australian lawsuit represents a frontal attack on the patentability of genes. Here in the U.S., the gene patent litigation shows no signs of reaching a swift resolution. Over […]

Myriad Gene Patent Litigation Goes Down Under

On Tuesday, June 9, 2010, several plaintiffs, including a breast cancer patient and a cancer advocacy group, sued in a Sydney, Australia federal court to invalidate Myriad Genetics’ patents on the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA-1 and 2. According to published reports and comments by Australian patent law experts, the suit substantially tracks the much-publicized […]

GLR Update: Australia Tackles Disclosure of Genetic Information without Consent

Last fall, the Genomics Law Report reviewed new medical confidentiality guidance from the U.K. General Medical Council (GMC) and wondered whether the “public interest” was a sufficient justification for the disclosure of patients’ genetic information without their consent. Since that time, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has tackled the same issue, publishing new […]