Before the high court: D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc: patenting genes in Australia

Brad Sherman (2015) Before the high court: D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc: patenting genes in Australia. The Sydney Law Review, 37 1: 135-146.

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Author Brad Sherman
Title Before the high court: D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc: patenting genes in Australia
Journal name The Sydney Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0082-0512
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 135
End page 146
Total pages 12
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Australian patent law is currently at a crossroad. As it stands, the law lacks the tools and techniques to categorise patentable subject matter: at least in a way that does not appear to be arbitrary or capricious. The forthcoming High Court appeal in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc, which concerns the patenting of human genes, offers an important opportunity to fill this vacuum. One of the challenges for the High Court in doing so, will be to confront the limitations of the existing law; particularly the shortcomings of the decision of National Research Development Corporation v Commissioner of Patents. In order for Australian patent jurisprudence to move beyond its current malaise, it is important that the High Court reflect on what is meant by 'invention' in Australian law, and also on the criteria to be used when deciding whether something is patent-eligible.
Keyword Patent law
Australian law
Biological patent
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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