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Myriad and its implications for patent protection of isolated natural products in the United States

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Title
Myriad and its implications for patent protection of isolated natural products in the United States
Published in
Chinese Medicine, January 2014
DOI 10.1186/1749-8546-9-17
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Alice Yuen-Ting Wong, Albert Wai-Kit Chan

Abstract

Extracts and compounds of natural products have potential as alternatives to current Western medicines. However, these products may not be patentable under the statutory requirements because of their naturally-occurring nature. This article analyzes the current patenting practices for natural products in the United States, particularly in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Myriad, and suggests an advantageous strategy for patenting these products. Briefly, isolated natural products per se are not patentable in the United States. Therefore, patenting focus should be placed on the modification, formulation, manufacture, and application of natural products. A detailed description of each invention is highly recommended for stronger support and broader coverage of the claims.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 1 13%
Unknown 7 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 2 25%
Student > Master 2 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 25%
Researcher 1 13%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 13%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 38%
Social Sciences 3 38%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 13%
Chemistry 1 13%