WARRENTON, Va., April 6 - Data deposition policies in structural genomics must negotiate a minefield of inconsistent international laws on intellectual property, warned Joseph Straus of the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law in Munich.

Speaking Thursday at the National Institutes of Health’s Second International Genomics Meeting, Straus advised attendees to “be realistic” when it comes to establishing release policies that would prevent organizations from patenting work.

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