No. Not if it is natural.
In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that:
— “A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated.”
— But, synthetically created “strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)” are “patent eligible” because they do not occur naturally.
Our system of patents is badly broken, I think. About the only people I’ve ever heard say otherwise are … wait for it … patent lawyers.
At least this one little part of it is fixed now.