The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of these gene patents. We won in the district court, which invalidated all of the patents because they claim products of nature. But we lost in federal appeals court, in a split decision, 2-1. It was argued before the Supreme Court on April 15, 2013.

VICTORY! On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously invalidated the patents on BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.

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