by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 2nd 2010 5:29pm
Last week, the Justice Department surprised a ton of people by filing an amicus brief saying that isolated genes should not be patentable. The NY Times has an article quoting a bunch of outraged patent attorneys, who are worried about their own jobs more than anything else, but also has some tidbits suggesting that the Patent and Trademark Office is not at all happy either, despite the fact that they're both part of the same administration. We noted in our original post that there must have been quite the political battle, and as will often happen, the losers appear to be griping. The USPTO has said that, even though the very same administration it's a part of says isolated genes shouldn't be patentable, it will continue to grant such patents until a court tells them not to (which, er, is what the district court did). The article also quotes a lawyer who spoke with USPTO director David Kappos, and noted that Kappos "seemed chagrined" at the situation. That seems like a polite way of saying that the USPTO is pissed off.
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