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13 June, 2013

The Supreme Court of the United States has today handed down its opinion in the Myriad case (ASSOCIATION FOR MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. MYRIAD GENETICS, INC., ET AL.).

Justice Thomas delivered the opinion of the court:

“We hold that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but that cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.”