Today's Wall Street Journal article provides an interesting overview of the issues, the players, and the upcoming Supreme Court cases.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The patentability of medical tests that provide insight into how the human body reacts to disease and the drugs designed to treat them is a contentious issue. The test developers want patent protection on the inventions that they claim resulted in their specific discoveries. The medical and access to medicine constituencies believe that these tests are not patentable because they involve both abstract ideas and laws of nature.