The Hive Wet Lab & Library
Here’s two of the sites I go to regularly to keep up with recent biotech patenting and legal news:
Here’s an excellent, and very accessible to the lay reader, article regarding the patenting of genetic material:
An excellent place to peruse legal issues in biotechnology research, with some excellent links to all kinds of questions you may have:
Information on intellectual property patenting.
The (now defunct) Office of Technology Assessment 1989 report regarding patenting living organisms, “New Developments in Biotechnology: Patenting Life—Special Report.”
The United States Patent and Trademark Office website where you can search patents, and find information on patenting more generally.
If you’re interested in perusing the entire manual of patenting procedures, you can find the USPTO Manual of Patent Examining Procedure here.
Here is the specific section regarding patenting of living subject matter.
A brief article in the Wall Street Journal outlining why Dolly’s been back in the news; more specifically on the decision whether the clone herself is patentable material.
A more comprehensive, but very understandable, discussion on the patentability of nonhuman clones, “After Dolly: The Status of Nonhuman Clones in Patent Law.”
If you want to read the appeal decision regarding the Roslin Institute’s application to patent Dolly (I recommend it – it’s easy to read and understand, and very interesting):
The Roslind Institute appeal is quite lengthy, but offers a much more comprehensive overview of the case and the precedents involved, and is well worth the read.
Regarding the Chakrabarty case in particular: