Australian Patent Office defies expectations by saying yes to gene patents

The Australian Patent Office has reversed its current examination practice in Arrowhead Research Corporation [2016] APO 70 by confirming that gene-based pharmaceuticals, namely interfering RNA (iRNA) compositions, do represent patentable subject matter in Australia.   Background In October 2015, the High Court of Australia ruled in the “Myriad decision” that isolated naturally-occurring gene sequences did

The US Supreme Court rules on gene patents

In its long-awaited landmark decision in the case of Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics Inc, the US Supreme Court has unanimously held that naturally occurring DNA sequences are products of nature and not patent eligible merely because they have been isolated. However, the Court also found that artificially created DNA sequences, such as

The economics of isolated human gene patents in Australia

On the basis of the recommendations of the 2010 Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report on Gene Patents, the Centre for International Economics (CIE) was commissioned by IP Australia to investigate the economics of isolated human gene patents in Australia. The Report has recently been made publicly available and focuses on the economic impact in