Bioinformatics Innovations and Patent Eligibility

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Bioinformatics technology (combination of biology and information technology) is worthy of special consideration in terms of intellectual property. Bioinformatics inventions have brought up many uncertainties over the issue of patent eligibility. There is neither any specific bioinformatics law nor any court has adjudicated any disputes related to bioinformatics. This paper critically examines bioinformatics-related patent laws and practices and analyzes whether patent laws protect bioinformatics innovations particularly software which analyze DNA sequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-156
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of World Intellectual Property
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • bioinformatics-software
  • patent eligibility


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