Chapter 3: Legislative intervention
There was an enormous outcry following the Pallin v Singer litigation. A coalition of various interest groups led by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery quickly assembled to halt what was considered an insurgence of medical procedure patents. They lobbied Congress tirelessly to deal with the matter. The American Medical Association (AMA) criticised medical procedure patents and issued a policy document that denounced the practice amongst physicians. Before the final form of the legislation was agreed, there was considerable debate and rejections of various Bills introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate to deal with the matter. In the end a compromise Bill was agreed to, which became the Medical Procedures and Affordability Act (MPAA). This legislation led to a proliferation of academic literature. It has even been argued that the MPPA amounted to a deprivation of property for public use without compensation contrary to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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