Stem cell patent dispute: Wisc. fights back

In the fallout from a linkurl:major decision;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53051/ by the US patent agency to reject key stem cell patents for embryonic linkurl:stem cell research;http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl010507d.mp3 held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has taken to the airwaves to defend the state's intellectual property. In a linkurl:statement;http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=19&prid=2583 released yeste

Alison McCook
Apr 3, 2007
In the fallout from a linkurl:major decision;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53051/ by the US patent agency to reject key stem cell patents for embryonic linkurl:stem cell research;http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl010507d.mp3 held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has taken to the airwaves to defend the state's intellectual property. In a linkurl:statement;http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=19&prid=2583 released yesterday (April 3), the governor reminded the public that the decision is only "preliminary," and the patents remain valid while the university goes through the appeal process. "Based on my many conversations with experts in the field over the past few years, I am confident that these patents will ultimately be upheld," Doyle said. WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen appears equally confident, if not more so, that the patents will prevail. When groups linkurl:first challenged;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/25037/ the patents, he called their case "ludicrous" in an interview with The Scientist. In a statement released by WARF following this week's decision, Gulbrandsen...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?