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Why Monsanto raises important issues for biotech industry

James Nurton, London

It will remain difficult to get protection for recombinant products purely on the basis of a patent to the gene, following the Court of Justice’s recent decision in the Monsanto case – according to the UK’s BioIndustry Association

In a statement on the decision, which is the first time the EU’s Court of Justice has interpreted an issue of substantive patent law, John Murphy, chair of the BIA’s IP Advisory Committee said the ruling raises "some important issues...

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