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Deconstructing the Myth That 20% of the Human Genome is Patented: Gene Patents and the Future of Whole Genome Sequencing
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 11:45 am - 1 pm
Location: Room 170
A 2005 article in Science is widely cited for the proposition that 20% of human genes are patented, and has led to a pervasive assumption that thousands of human genes cannot be used, studied, or even "looked at" by researchers and healthcare providers without infringing a gene patent. In his presentation, Professor Christopher Holman will show how a lack of understanding of patent law contributed to the creation of this myth and explain why there is no basis to infer from the Science article that current whole genome sequencing technologies would result in the infringement of a large number of human gene patents.
Christopher Holman, Ph.D., J.D., is an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California at Davis and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Holman teaches and writes primarily in the areas of intellectual property, biotechnology and antitrust law, with a focus on the interface between patents and biotechnology.
Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Society. Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Georgia State University College of Law
140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Room 170, Urban Life Building
Contact : Amy Grover
E-mail: agrover6@E R A S Egsu.edu
Category : Center for Law, Health & Society