COMPARED TO most sections of the Patent Act, Section 101 seems simple: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefore, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.” But its simplicity belies some of the most controversial issues in patent law today, particularly in regard to patenting polynucleotide and polypeptide/protein inventions.

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