Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics: Supreme Court Arguments

On April 15, 2013 the ACLU argued before the Supreme Court that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are invalid. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, women patients, cancer survivors, breast cancer and women's health groups, and scientific associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. The lawsuit charges that patents on human genes violate the First Amendment and patent law because genes are "products of nature" and therefore can't be patented.

VICTORY! On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) on behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, patients, breast cancer and women's health groups, and medical professional associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals.
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Read the Full Transcript of the Oral Arguments

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If you couldn’t be there yourself, take a look at some of the images captured in front of the Supreme Court on the day of arguments. Check out some of the big moments here.

 

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