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Australian Bill would ban gene patents

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

A Bill introduced into the Australian Senate that would rule out patents on human genes and biological materials has been strongly criticised by patent practitioners

Four Senators introduced the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 on November 24.

It seeks to amend the Patents Act 1990 to exclude from patentable subject matter "biological materials including their components and derivatives, whether isolated or...

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