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WARF says it's ready for a legal challenge on stem cells

Madison, Wis. — Just in case anyone doubts that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has both the will and the resources to defend its stem cell patent, Andy Cohn would like to disabuse them of the notion. Cohn, government and public relations manager for WARF, said the foundation, armed with a $1.5 billion endowment, is prepared to take on any legal challenges to its controversia......

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"The only way that there will be a court challenge," Cohn said, "is if somebody has a successful product in the marketplace. The only time that a court challenge would come is when there is money on the table, and we have no idea when that will happen."

Critics say the patents are so broad and restrictive that they are puttin......

Full article >>> RF, John Simpson, the stem cell project director for the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, noted that WARF has not demanded license fees from non-profit institutions, and discoveries resulting from taxpayer-funded research should not be considered a commercial activity.

In a subsequent interview, Simpson acknowledged that he is not an attorney, but as a lay p......

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