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CLB Journal Club


November 11, 2008 12:45pm - 2:00pm


Yael Bregman-Eschet (SLS alum, JSD candidate at Boalt) will discuss her thesis work on "The Stem Cell Patent Rush."
Abstract: The promise of stem cell research and the hype surrounding it have been accompanied by the filing of numerous patent applications and the issuance of a large number of stem cell patents, particularly in the U.S. This patenting trend, which has generally characterized the entire U.S. biotech industry since the enactment of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, could have a significant impact on the development of stem cell research. The stem cell "patent-mine" is becoming denser with broad upstream patents that dominate the field (such as the Thomson patents on human embryonic stem cells) and is thereby creating potential barriers to research. Studies indicate that the stem cell patent rush, together with other political, financial, and social hurdles, may already start to take its toll on stem cell research in the U.S. I will present data regarding the current state of stem cell patents including: quantity, scope, applicants, and filing trends, and will explore the effects of this patent rush on follow-on research.
Discussion to follow!