Letter from Jack Spiegel, National Institutes of Health. Office of Technology Transfer to Patent and Trademark Office
This draft to the Patent and Trademark Office summarizes the history of the NIH Office of Technology Transfer activities and
recent work on policy issues. When PTO announced that expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were patentable research tools in 1997,
Varmus expressed concern about the effects of such patents on research. The National Academy of Sciences got involved in this
dialogue, sharing Varmus's concerns about the possible broad scope of EST patents. This draft is a good example of the
complex legal and commercial aspects of molecular biology research.
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1998-09-14 (September 14, 1998)
National Institutes of Health. Office of Technology Transfer
Patent and Trademark Office
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