Human ovule not fertilized


The ruling states that "... in order to be classified as a "human embryo" a non-fertilised human ovum must necessarily have the inherent capacity of developing into a human being. Consequently the mere fact that a parthenogenetically activated human ovum commences a process of development is not sufficient for it to be regarded as a "human embryo"."

Consequently such fertilised ova are not subject to the exceptions to patentability of human embryos and their uses for industrial and commercial purposes may be patented.

 
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