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May 19, 2009



Very nice report. What was his take on the impact of Bilski, etc on personalized medicine?


I believe Mr. Barrett's objective was to highlight the patent-related obstacles facing companies involved in the field of personalized medicine. Since the well-attended session included only a handful of patent attorneys, Mr. Barrett's decision to provide an overview (and touch on a number of different topics) was probably a good one. As a result, he did not go into too much detail regarding the possible impact of Bilski and its progeny. Nevertheless, I think Mr. Barrett would likely agree that until the Federal Circuit provides more direction on this issue, or the biotech patent community figures out a good strategy for claiming inventions in this field, Bilski and its progeny will, at least for now, have a negative impact.

Thanks for the comment.


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