Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: BRCA-1

Biotech Patents under Attack from Two More Angles

Two developments this month have underscored the breadth of dissatisfaction with the current state of biotechnology patenting, even as the court weighs a summary judgment motion in the pending ACLU-sponsored litigation against Myriad Genetics’ breast cancer gene patents. First, on October 2, 2009, the American Medical Association and four other medical organizations interested in genetic […]

Duke Finds a Second Alzheimer’s Gene—What Does It Mean?

The recent discovery of a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease provides a timely context for revisiting the significance of gene patents. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center recently announced that they have identified a second gene (called TOMM40) associated with an increased risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s, which affects people over the age of 65. A […]

Whole-Genome Sequencing and Gene Patents Coexist (For Now)

In a recent post, John Conley analyzed the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging Myriad Genetics’ patents on the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 “breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility” genes. Several readers responded with the same general inquiry: if an individual undergoes a whole-genome sequence analysis, will the individual (or the company providing the sequence) be required to pay royalties to […]