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April 01, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 7)

IP Position Critical to Biotech Investment

Looming Battle over Gene Patenting Could Jeopardize Medical Advances

  • Takeaways: The Case for Gene Patents

    • Gene patents are the foundation of the biotech industry and precluding them would halt forward progress.
    • The patent system promotes innovation and stimulates investment in R&D.
    • If there were no exclusive rights in the final product, there would be
      little incentive to invest time and money into developing it.
    • Without the incentives offered by the issuance of patents, the industry and, ultimately, patients would suffer.

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