Battle Begins Over Legislation To Expand What Inventions May Be Patented
BIO, PhRMA, AAM, former PTO Commissioners to testify at two-day Senate hearing on draft bill to revise Section 101 of Patent Act; ACLU coalition says legislation will allow patenting of human genes.
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