The Problem of Gene Patents

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This Article submits that the main problem with gene patents is the failure to meet the condition of alternativeness of inventions-a condition that embodies a core function of the patent system. As a result, gene patents conflict with the very rationale of the patent system.

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Biotechnology, Human genetics, Patent law, European Union, United States

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Nuno Pires de Carvalho (World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO))

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