GEN Exclusives

More »
Readers Comments Back to Item »

New Recommendations for Gene Patents - Thank Goodness!

3 Readers' Comments

Posted by: Patent expirations

11/06/2009

But patents expire after 20 years. During that 20 years, there are restrictions, but after that, they are free and open. I don't see a problem with that.

Posted by: Asst prof., and author

10/28/2009

The consequences of secret-keeping are not so horrifying, as the technology to sequence becomes more widely available and the costs continue to come down. Horror of horrors, the market to commercialize based on these discoveries will actually depend on competition rather than monopoly.

Here's a recent debate I had with Gene Quinn on this subject: http://lauraflanders.firedoglake.com/2009/10/27/who-owns-you-corporations-patenting-your-genes/

Posted by: President Vulvox Inc.

10/21/2009

It's possible that protection of patented material in the biotechnology industry is no longer guaranteed and that that has caused the devaluation of patents they are talking about. Expect genetic engineering companies that discover gene sequences to keep them secret since they are not patentable. The consequences of that are obvious.

  • Click here to Login or to Register for free.

    You will be taken back to your selected item after Login/Registration.

Jobs

GEN Jobs powered by HireLifeScience.com connects you directly to employers in pharma, biotech, and the life sciences. View 40 to 50 fresh job postings daily or search for employment opportunities including those in R&D, clinical research, QA/QC, biomanufacturing, and regulatory affairs.
 Searching...
More »

GEN Poll

More » Poll Results »

Ebola Vaccines

When do you think an Ebola vaccine will be available for the general public?