15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 519 (2013-2014)
Gene Patents and the Public Interest: Litigating Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics and Lessons Moving forward

handle is hein.journals/ncjl15 and id is 543 raw text is: NORTH CAROLINA JOURNAL OF LAW & TECHNOLOGY
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 4: JUNE 2014
GENE PATENTS AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST: LITIGATING
ASSOCIATION FOR MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY V. MYRIAD GENETICS
AND LESSONS MOVING FORWARD
Sandra S. Park*
I want to thank the North Carolina Journal of Law &
Technology, Mike Frongello, and John Conley for the invitation
and for putting together this terrific symposium. I also want to
acknowledge my fellow symposium presenters, almost all of
whom directly contributed in important ways to the case. Jim
Evans, Bob Cook-Deegan, Andrew Chin, Chris Holman, and Lori
Andrews filed amicus briefs. I extend special and deep
appreciation to Lori, who worked on this issue for many years,
pushed us to take on the case, and did a masterful job with the
amicus briefs on behalf of the American Medical Association and
other medical groups. I am grateful for all of your insights,
support, and friendship.
It is a pleasure to be here. It has been eight months since the
Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular
Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.,' and in many ways, I am still
processing the journey that led up to the opinion, and what the
future holds. I want to use our time together to talk about the
development of the case and lessons we learned that I think have
interesting implications for biotech patents, patent law and
litigation, as well as patent law advocacy done in the public
interest, moving forward.
* Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project. Park represented the
twenty plaintiffs who challenged the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene patents in the
litigation resulting in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.,
133 S. Ct. 2107 (2013). The views expressed here are her own. The following
are the prepared remarks of Keynote Speaker, Sandra Park, the North Carolina
Journal ofLaw & Technology Symposium, February 21, 2014.
1133 S. Ct. 2107 (2013).

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