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High court validates bio-patent law
Monday, October 15, 2001
The European Court of Justice last week turned back an effort by
several countries to weaken the protections on biotechnology patents, confirming the legal
basis of Directive 98/44/EC, which protects biotechnological inventions.
The Netherlands originally brought the case, which was later joined by
Italy and Norway, because of objections to potential patenting on genes, plants, animals
and body parts. In rejecting the challenge, the EU court found that the
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