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Not quite a myriad of gene patents

A new study assesses the impact of recent US Supreme Court rulings on the changing landscape of US patents claiming nucleic acids.

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Figure 1: The shifting structure of US patents referring to and claiming nucleotide sequences.
Figure 2: The primary sources of nucleotide sequences in the 15,359 gene patents (that is, patents with at least one composition-of-matter claim to a simple DNA or RNA molecule) granted in the United States.
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Figure 4: Shares of assignee types of the 15,359 gene patents granted in the United States.


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The authors sincerely thank E. Hicks, K. Lee and C. Pratt for capable research assistance, and K. Silverstein for helpful advice. This research was supported by the US National Institutes of Health grant number 5 R01 HG004041-03.

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Graff, G., Phillips, D., Lei, Z. et al. Not quite a myriad of gene patents. Nat Biotechnol 31, 404–410 (2013).

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