DNA Heritage Success in Patent Battle Helps Keep Genealogy DNA Test Prices Low

    RICHMOND, TX, July 30 /CNW/ - DNA Heritage has recently overcome patent
claims held by a competitor which would have severely restricted the use of
DNA testing and databases that allow families around the world to match and
connect up through their DNA. The patent covers the use of surnames and
Y-chromosomes to establish a family connection. The UK Intellectual Property
Office (UK IPO) has now rendered a formal opinion stating that the relevant
claims are all invalid.
    Alastair Greenshields, principal of DNA Heritage said "Patents are often
needed to provide an incentive for innovative work, but in this case the
academic work lacked inventiveness as other researchers had already shown the
connection between surnames, Y-chromosomes and family history. This is a great
outcome and allows DNA Heritage and other test companies to continue offering
these tests and database services to the ever-growing genetic genealogy
community without having to raise prices due to royalty payments."
    An infringement challenge from patent assignees Oxford Ancestors, which
had been running for over two years, was thwarted when DNA Heritage asked the
UK IPO to re-evaluate the patent claims in the light of work by previous
researchers. After considering submissions from both parties, an Opinion
provided on the 8th April 2008 (with a 3 month review period) found that of
the four claims contested, all four were invalid for lack of an inventive
step, and one was additionally lacking novelty.
    Results from DNA Heritage's testing using at-home cheek swabs and their
accredited laboratory can both be fed into an in-house and public-access Ybase
database. These have become invaluable tools for those researching their
direct male lineage and surname.

    About the company:

    Established in 2002, DNA Heritage provides advanced genetic tests to the
genealogy community and those tracing their roots. An innovator in providing
multi-lab compatible tests and the open-access Ybase database, DNA Heritage
enables many genealogists around the world to enhance their families'
research. For more information, visit http://www.dnaheritage.com.

For further information:

For further information: Alastair Greenshields, info@dnaheritage.com,
Phone: 1-866-736-2362, Option 9

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