US could ban patents on medical procedures

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:997

A US federal judge may have settled the controversy over the patenting of medical procedures with a ruling that rejects the efforts of an ophthalmologist to collect royalties on a surgical procedure that he had patented. As a result of the case the Congress is considering a legislative ban on “medical methods patents.” At its 1995 annual meeting the American Medical …

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