GENOMICS is a new field in which patents have only recently been issued. The scope of protection afforded these patents had been interpreted and governed by a recognized body of law and rules. However, as a result of a recent decision, Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki , those rules have changed. These changes affect the enforceability of issued patents, license agreements, pending patent applications, and potential patent applications.

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