Stem cells can be patented for commercial use – EU

December 18, 2014 1:36 PM

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The case which gave the go-ahead for stem cell commercialisation was brought forward by the International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) against the UK Intellectual Property Office after the latter refused to issue them two patents that would allow them to develop research using stem cells.

According to, the British office had defended their rejection because they claimed that the eggs used by the ISCO from which the stem cells originated were in an active state and capable of developing into human embryos, which would go against the EU’s laws.

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