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Court puts limits on patents for human embryos

Emma Barraclough, London

Europe’s highest court has clarified the law on the patentability of processes involving research on human embryos and stem cells

The case was referred to the Court of Justice by the German Federal Patent Court, which had been asked to resolve a dispute between patent owner Oliver Brüstle and environmental campaigning group Greenpeace.

Brüstle filed a patent application in 1997...

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