The UK's Guardian reports that "the European Patent Office has refused a patent covering the use of human embryonic stem cells on the grounds that it would be contrary to 'public order or morality.'" Referring to it as a "landmark ruling," the article goes on to say that if the patent had been granted, observers feared it would thwart companies engaged in developing hESC-based technologies. Robin Lovell-Badge, head of stem cell biology at the National Institute for Medical Research, is paraphrased in the article as saying that "the ruling would make it easier for biotech companies to operate in the EU compared with the US, where similar patents on the use of human embryonic stem cells have been granted."
No Patent for hESCs in Europe
Nov 28, 2008