Embryonic stem cell patents european patent law and ethics edited by aurora plomer and paul torremans comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment of the application of european patent law in the field of human embryonic stem cells and the role of ethics and morality in patent law especially in stem cell related applications. Interfacing of science medicine and law the stem cell patent controversy in the united states and the european union warf us patent no 7029913 relates to a replicating in vitro cell culture of human embryonic stem cells the warf patents have been challenged on grounds of patent eligibility by consumer watchdog and the public patent . The patenting of human embryonic stem hes cells has produced one of the most unusual and fraught situations in the history of science ethics and law this commentary examines legal and moral challenges to three foundational patents held by the wisconsin alumni research foundation warf we conclude that in the united states technical challenges may paradoxically produce a stronger . To date the us has granted 41 patents on embryonic stem cells or process for isolating purifying or culturing embryonic stem cells while the controversies related to embryonic stem cell patents in the us center on scientific and economic issues the situation in europe is very different as moral issues have taken top billing. The patentability of stem cells reforms to patent law whilst the member states have interpreted the use of pluripotent stem cells as not being excluded for the issuing of patents the european patent office as taken the opposite view and has disallowed the request for patents in pluripotent stem cells as well as totipotent stem cells
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