Biotechnology Industry Reaps a Harvest of Patent Protection from Supreme Court (PDF)
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At the height of this spring season, the Supreme Court planted a seed of hope for the biotechnology and other industries that offer self-replicating technologies. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the court unanimously ruled that farmer Vernon Bowman infringed upon Monsanto's patents on soybean seeds when he replanted these genetically modified seeds to create more crops without paying Monsanto a fee.
Wei R. Campbell is an associate at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP and a member of its Life Sciences Practice Group. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and mechanical arts. She also assists clients in the United States and abroad with the preparation of freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patentability analyses.
Kathleen M. Williams, Ph.D. is an intellectual property attorney at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP who specializes in complex legal issues surrounding the protection of discoveries in the life sciences. Her technology focus spans biology, chemistry, and materials sciences; molecular biology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and devices in the areas of biotech, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, diagnostics, nanotechnologies, bio-energy, cleantech and medicine.
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