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Emerging patent issues in genomic diagnostics

The maturation of new technologies and the bundling of diagnostic tests and drugs poses new challenges for the intellectual property system.

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This paper was prepared in part under National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute grant no. 1 ROI HG02034 'Effects of Gene Patents on Genetic Testing and Research' to Stanford University. I want to thank all those who have helped me in preparing this paper, but the responsibility for errors is mine. I received suport from Affymetrix (Santa Clara, CA, USA) in preparing an Amicus Brief, filed in their name and mine in the recent Metabolite case, Brief for Amici Curiae Affymetrix, Inc. and Professor John H. Barton in Support of Petitioner in Laboratory Corporation of America v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc., US Supreme Court No. 04-607, December 23, 2005.

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  1. John H. Barton is at the Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-8610 USA, and was a visiting scholar in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health during 2004–2005.

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Barton, J. Emerging patent issues in genomic diagnostics. Nat Biotechnol 24, 939–941 (2006).

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