Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: ovarian cancer

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 […]

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 […]