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Abstract

This Note considers whether genetically altered animals should be protected by patents and discusses the ramifications of a congressionally imposed moratorium on the issuance of animal patents. The Note discusses the purpose of the patent system and analyzes case law concerning patents on living organisms, examines the controversy surrounding the patenting of altered animals, and contains a discussion of the PTO's role in issuing an ethically controversial patent. The Note concludes that the PTO was correct in determining that genetically altered animals are patentable subject matter.

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