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Academic Commentary
1 Jan 2016
by Jason A. Coats of US Naval War College
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Coats of the US Naval War College discusses the investigations into the legitimacy of reports concerning ISIS...On December 11, the Chairmen of three House of Representatives committees—the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (APCDS)—announced the establishment of … [read more]


Features
15 Nov 2015
by Cristina Correnti

The term "genetically modified organisms" (GMOs) describes food with genetic material that has been manipulated through genetic engineering. This process isolates desirable genes from certain species and inserts them into another, creating plants that may look like traditionally bred species but have added characteristics that do not occur naturally. The … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Federal court of Australia [official website] has upheld [judgment] a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics [corporate website] to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) [advocacy website] appealed a February … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law argues that the recent legal challenge to President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board is a political question that should not be determined by the court but instead reversed on justiciability grounds … [read more]


Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law & Policy criticizes a California law regarding bathroom choice in public schools...California's latest foray into radical psycho-social experimentation with children is AB 1266, known as the "bathroom bill." Unless stopped by a popular referendum effort, AB 1266 will go … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Argentine judge on Wednesday issued warrants [text, PDF, in Spanish] for four former Spanish officials accused of human rights violations during the Francisco Franco regime [BBC backgrounder]. Under international law [text], individuals accused of human rights abuses may be investigated and tried elsewhere if the country in which … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The court also found that synthetically … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] per curiam that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system. Analysts say the ruling could have severe implications [IDG News report] on software and business … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the claim was moot [Cornell LII backgrounder] because respondent "had no personal interest in representing putative, unnamed claimants, nor any other continuing interest that would preserve her suit from … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics [corporate website] patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 [NCI backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An Australian court ruled [judgment] Friday that an American biotech company can patent a human gene linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The Federal Court of Australia [official website] held that Myriad Genetics [corporate website], a US biotech firm, could patent the gene BRCA1 because the gene … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2013
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a $2.5 million judgment against Newegg [corporate website] in what could be a significant software patent ruling. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] had ruled that Newegg … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] Monday. The first case, Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk [transcript, PDF], concerned whether an issue at the center of a lawsuit is moot if an offer is made to settle with the potential … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [cert. petition PDF; JURIST report], which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics [corporate website] patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 [NCI backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday asked [cert. petition, PDF; press release] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the validity of patents on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers owned by a Utah company, Myriad … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] for the second time in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office (AMP) that a Utah company does have valid patents on two genes associated with breast and ovarian … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday heard arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office (AMP), an ongoing case that challenged a Utah company's patent on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers. The three-judge panel is … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in 10 cases. In the consolidated cases of Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Georgia-Pacific West v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office, an ongoing case challenging a Utah company's … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2011
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a recent federal appeals court decision that upheld gene patents. The June decision [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals … [read more]

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