Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research:

Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research:

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The patenting and licensing of human genetic material and proteins represents an extension of intellectual property (IP) rights to naturally occurring biological material and scientific information, much of it well upstream of drugs and other disease therapies. This report concludes that IP restrictions rarely impose significant burdens on biomedical research, but there are reasons to be apprehensive about their future impact on scientific advances in this area. The report recommends 13 actions that policy-makers, courts, universities, and health and patent officials should take to prevent the increasingly complex web of IP protections from getting in the way of potential breakthroughs in genomic and proteomic research. It endorses the National Institutes of Health guidelines for technology licensing, data sharing, and research material exchanges and says that oversight of compliance should be strengthened. It recommends enactment of a statutory exception from infringement liability for research on a patented invention and raising the bar somewhat to qualify for a patent on upstream research discoveries in biotechnology. With respect to genetic diagnostic tests to detect patient mutations associated with certain diseases, the report urges patent holders to allow others to perform the tests for purposes of verifying the results.ventions, and it charges them with the responsibility to use the patent system to promote utilization, commercialization, and public availability of inventions. ... And the law prohibits licensing that reduces competition.5 Recipients of federal research fundsa€”academic institutions ... Patents, because they are not validated by other academics, may not be a source of academic credit, even though they may beanbsp;...

Title:Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research:
Author:Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Policy and Global Affairs, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2006-03-09


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