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Patenting Genes and their Products

  1. Nick Buffinger1,
  2. Desmond M Mascarenhas2

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000986

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How to Cite

Buffinger, N. and Mascarenhas, D. M. 2003. Patenting Genes and their Products. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Morrison & Foerster, L.L.P., Palo Alto, California, USA

  2. 2

    Protigen Inc., Mountain View, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

Abstract

The process of patenting allows companies and individuals to protect their investments. In the biotechnology industry however the act of patenting raises many ethical and technological issues.

Keywords:

  • patent;
  • invention;
  • process claims;
  • composition of matter;
  • utility;
  • biotechnology;
  • tool patents;
  • circumvention