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Patentability, Global Development and Ethical Considerations of Bioprinting

This article seeks to inform the potential of bioprinting (3D printing of human organs), the legal aspects of the technology, its patentability, regulation, and ethical considerations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has already granted some bioprinting patents and many more patent applications are pending.2 Although these patents are presumed valid, the validity of some of these might be litigated in due course, as the technology advances and the market expands.

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