IN OUR last article, we described the basic components of a genomics patent application. While it is critical to correctly prepare and file an application, that only gets you to the starting line. Once you've applied, there is still a long race ahead with many hurdles, i.e. the statutory bars to patentability, to overcome. Like a good runner, if you have studied the course and prepared well before the race, you will find it much easier to leap these hurdles as they arrive.