Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Are Biotech Patents Enabled?

Stanford 3L Dmitry Karshtedt, who has guest posted on this blog, has a new post on Stanford's Law and Biosciences Blog about biologics, which are complicated drugs like erythropoietin that are typically made using living cells, as distinct from easily replicated small-molecule drugs like aspirin.

Karshtedt discusses his new paper, Limits on Hard-To-Reproduce Inventions: Process Elements and Biotechnology's Compliance with the Enablement Requirement, in which he argues that claim limitations can help enable biotech patents. I have also discussed the enablement problem for biologics starting at ¶ 106 of Access to Bio-Knowledge: From Gene Patents to Biomedical Materials, which cites Gregory Mandel's argument that many biotech patents fail enablement. What do readers think: is enablement a problem for biotech? Should biotech patents disclose more? I'd like to think about this issue more as I revise my paper on patent disclosure.

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