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Diamond v. Chakrabarty
Citation:447 U.S. 303
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Chakrabarty (plaintiff), a microbiologist, filed a patent application for his invention of a live, human-made microorganism. Chakrabarty’s microorganism was a genetically engineered bacterium that was capable of breaking down crude oil. This bacterium was believed to have potential use for treating oil spills. The patent examiner, Diamond (defendant), rejected Chakrabarty’s patent application under the rationale that the microorganism was not patentable subject-matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Chakrabarty appealed.
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