Opinion: The High Court has confirmed what we already knew: human genes are not inventions

October 8, 2015

The Australian High Court has ruled that breast cancer genetic mutations cannot be patentedIn an article for ABC’s The Drum, Murdoch University Adjunct Professor Luigi Palombi discusses the significance of the High Court ruling in the D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics case that breast cancer genetic mutations cannot be patented.

Professor Palombi goes over the history of the case and highlights that previous Australian rulings in the Federal Court were in direct opposition to patent law rulings made by the US Supreme Court.

He says that the implications of the decision go beyond this case and writes that, in its decision, the High Court has recognised that patent monopolies, sanctioned by law, cannot be permitted without due regard to their impact on society and the economy, both positive and negative.

To read the full article, click here.

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