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AMP opposes exclusive licensing of NIH proteomics patent
Date:11/22/2011

e invention to practical application. AMP believes the proposed license does not meet any of these criteria.

"This patent application claims a virtually unlimited swathe of protein diagnostics, dramatically inhibiting the growth of potential diagnostic assays and methods, while substantially increasing the costs of and decreasing patient access to those tests that do manage to enter medical practice. By granting an exclusive license for any of the protein-cancer relationships claimed in this patent application, NIH would stifle the practice of medicine, limit patients' access to second opinion tests and discourage innovation in this area," added Dr. Klein.

As a general principle, AMP opposes exclusive licensing of patents on governmental inventions that do not clearly advance the public interest. AMP believes that such licenses, in the rare circumstances in which they are granted, should be narrowly targeted and not reach beyond the extent necessary to ensure commercialization. Importantly, for inventions in which clinical laboratory testing is potentially impacted, sublicenses for confirmatory testing that include reasonable royalty rates and the right to use alternative test methodologies should generally be mandated.


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