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No Winners in Patent Shootout

Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1752-1753
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1752

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Last week, a federal jury deadlocked on a claim by the University of California (UC) that South San Francisco biotech giant Genentech had infringed the university's patent on the gene for human growth hormone. The nine-member jury upheld the validity of the UC patent, which Genentech had challenged, and split 8 to 1 for UC on infringement. The trial saw scientists challenge each other's veracity and reputations potentially tarnished, yet their testimony was not even central to the legal case.