If you are in the stem cell field, you know that one of the problem actually mining the field like a minefield is the intellectual properties and patents. Especially here in the US, in which both human embryonic (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are subject to patents and IP through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
That have created some stirs with a series of court decisions to define if WARF have the rights to patent these stem cells and hold exclusive aspect of it. This of course ended up at the Supreme Court to get the final word on it.
Well it seems the Supreme Court get its final word to end up its imbroglio, according to U-T San Diego and reported by the Genetics Policy Institute:http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/24/supreme-court-rejects-warf-patent-case/
And the final word was a “Yeah!” for the embryonic stem cells (in other words WARF keep their exclusive patents and licensing on them) but a “Nay!” for the iPSCs, in other means anyone could derive the iPSCs without having to request a license to do so from WARF.
Now let’s see how things deconvolute and how the fallout of this news will shake the stem cell field but I think an old post from Pr. Paul Knoepfler worth to be updated in the light of the newest development, here is the original link to the article: Putting the IP in iPS cells: patent war looming? | Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog.