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Reproductive technologies: patenting processes, not people

Ellie Mertens, New York

How can reproductive technologies be protected when they relate to natural processes? Is a human gamete or embryo a “human organism” in terms of patent law? Ellie Mertens analyses the situation in the US and other jurisdictions

An eight-cell embryo ready for transfer three days after fertilisationFrom clones to chimeras, reproductive technologies are developing faster than laws that would protect or regulate them. However, there are some guidelines to work from.Jason Jardine, partner at Knobbe Martens in...

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