The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has obtained a patent on Human Embryonic Stem Cells, USPN 7,029,913. The validity of the patent is opposed by the Consumer Watchdog (formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights), a non-profit located in California with an office in D.C. Click on the links below to listen.
What is at stake here is patents on embryonic stem cells, clearly a hot topic. This case is a procedural issue whether under the new patent law (America Invents Act, the AIA) allows a non-profit to sue in a post-issue grant. This post-issue grant, created under the AIA, is a patent which has been granted.