February 10, 2010 by Devin Doyle
Devin Doyle is a J.D. candidate at Osgoode Hall and is taking the Patent Law course.
The onset of genetic modification has generated an entirely new set of issues and problems in relation to patent law. One recent bone of contention in Canada has been determining which life forms can qualify as inventions, and therefore, which are eligible for patent protection. The Patent Act defines an invention as “any new and useful art, process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement in any art, process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter”.