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Brenner v. Manson

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Citation. Brenner v. Manson, 383 U.S. 519, 86 S. Ct. 1033, 16 L. Ed. 2d 69, 1966 U.S. LEXIS 2907, 148 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 689 (U.S. Mar. 21, 1966)

Brief Fact Summary.

Manson (Plaintiff) sought to patent a chemical process whose only demonstrable utility was to aid in research.

Synopsis of Rule of Law.

A process whose only demonstrable utility is to aid in research is not patentable.

Facts.

Manson (Plaintiff) sought to patent a chemical process for synthesizing certain steroidal compounds.  Although these compounds were not in themselves beneficial, they were useful in cancer research.  The Patent Office (Defendant) denied the application on the basis that the process was not useful.  The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals reversed, and the United States Supreme Court granted review.

Issue.

Is a process whose only demonstrable utility is to aid in research patentable?

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