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Supreme Court strikes down method patent

Cross posted from Nature’s The Great Beyond blog. In a much-anticipated decision, the US Supreme Court has struck down a patent that became ensnared in arguments over what should and should not be patentable. But the court’s decision seems to carefully sidestep that broader discussion – and the implications it could have held for gene patents. All year, the biotechnology industry has been waiting with bated breath for a ruling in the case Bilski v Kappos*. Although the case dealt with the patentability of a method for trading commodities on the energy market, many felt the ruling would have implications 


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