US Supreme Court: Natural Genes not patentable

The US Supreme Court decided: Genes occurring in nature, which can easily be extracted from the DNA, are not patentable. The consequences for both existing and future patents are far-reaching – in certain circumstances not only for those aiming to protect DNA. Dr. Franz-Josef Zimmer, biochemist and patent expert at the Grünecker firm, Munich, comments on the current US case law in a guest article for Chemanager magazine.