Antoinette F. Konski

Antoinette F. Konski

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Federal Circuit Frames Test for Patent-Eligibility

Personalized medicine relies on diagnostics to analyze a patient for individualized therapy and for monitoring a patient’s health status. Some diagnostic tests use natural products, for example gene sequences, either as the...more

9/9/2014 - Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular

Will the USPTO Respond to Public Feedback of Its Eligibility Guidance?

Periodically, the USPTO holds open meetings with the public to discuss its thinking on current topics relating to the patent procurement process. Late last week, the Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer...more

8/26/2014 - Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment Public Procurement Policies USPTO

Yamanaka iPSC Patent Challenged

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. John B. Gurdon for their respective discoveries that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature...more

8/22/2014 - DNA Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patents Shinya Yamanaka USPTO

Managing IP Risk in the Age of Personalized Medicine

As discussed on Foley’s Health Care Law Today blog, personalized medicine treatment trends and innovations are leading diagnostic and therapeutic companies to form complex arrangements and partnerships with the ultimate goal...more

8/8/2014 - Confidential Information Healthcare Patents Personalized Medicine Trade Secrets

USPTO Extends Deadline to Comment on Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis

Yesterday at BIO’s session entitled “Patent-Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court’s Prometheus (Mayo) and Myriad Decisions” a panel of experts and an engaged audience discussed the...more

6/27/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USTPO

Federal Circuit Dismisses WARF Stem Cell Case – A Missed Opportunity

Recently in Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, No. 2013-1377 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) dismissed Appellant Consumer Watchdog’s appeal on the...more

6/16/2014 - Appeals Article III Consumer Watchdog DNA Inter Partes Review Proceedings Litigation Strategies Myriad Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Stem cells USPTO WARF

Patent-Eligibility of Stem Cells Under New USPTO "Myriad-Mayo" Guidance

In March, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented new procedures to address whether inventions that relate in whole or in part to laws of nature and naturally occurring products are patent-eligibility in...more

4/29/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Stem cells USPTO

USPTO Issues Guidance for Examining Process Patents

On March 4th, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued “2014 Procedures For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, And/Or...more

3/7/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Genentech’s Distribution of Prescribing Information to Physicians is Alleged to Infringe Method Patent

On January 31, 2014, Phigenix, Inc. (“Phigenix”) filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Georgia alleging that the sale and use of the drug Kadcyla by Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”) infringed U.S. Patent No. 8,080,534B2,...more

2/25/2014 - Genentech Healthcare Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Computer-Aided Selection Method Fails Patent-Eligibility

In SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Labs., S.A., No. 2013-1186 (Fed. Cir., Jan. 24, 2014), the Federal Circuit held that a patent claiming the use of a computer to implement routine mental information-comparison and...more

2/11/2014 - Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

WARF Could Avoid Federal Circuit Review

On November 25, 2013, Consumer Watchdog (“CW”) and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“WARF”) responded to the Federal Circuit’s Order directing each party to brief whether CW, as a third party requester, has standing to...more

12/2/2013 - America Invents Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patents

California Court Holds Diagnostic Claims Not Patent-Eligible

In one of the first district court decisions applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s new Myriad patent-eligibility standard, the Northern District of California held that diagnostic claims containing only conventional and existing...more

11/4/2013 - Biotechnology Diagnostic Tests DNA Genetic Materials Genetic Testing Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical

Update on WARF Stem Cell Patent Challenge

As reported in my July 8, 2013 post, Consumer Watchdog (formerly known as The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights) and the Public Patent Foundation (collectively “CW”) asked the Federal Circuit to determine if in...more

9/18/2013 - Biotechnology Genetic Materials Medical Research Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Stem cells

Patents, Genetic Testing, and Federal Funding

In a July 12, 2013 letter to Dr. Francis S. Collins of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”), Senator Patrick J. Leahy urged the NIH to exercise its march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to directly license the genetic...more

7/18/2013 - Bayh-Dole Act DNA Federal Funding Genetic Materials Genetic Testing Myriad NIH Patents

Patent-Eligibility of hESC Challenged

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that isolated, naturally-occurring genes are not patent-eligible (see, Ass’n. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. __ (2013))(“Myriad”), Consumer Watchdog...more

7/8/2013 - AMP v Myriad Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Stem cells

Monsanto Averts Declaratory Judgment Suit

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Monsanto’s representation that it would not pursue farmers and seed sellers for patent infringement if they inadvertently use Monsanto’s patented...more

6/17/2013 - Declaratory Judgments Farms Genetically Engineered Seed Infringement Monsanto Organic Seed Growers & Trade Assn Patents

Isolated DNA Is Not Patent-Eligible

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., __ U.S. __ (2013), held that genes and DNA fragments merely isolated from nature without alteration are not patent-eligible....more

6/17/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Holds Isolated Naturally Occurring DNA Cannot Be Patented, Sustains Patent-Eligibility of cDNA

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the “ACLU/Myriad” gene patenting case (formally, Association For Molecular Pathology. et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al., Supreme Court No....more

6/14/2013 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Asked for Further Clarity on Patent-Eligibility of Diagnostic Claims

Did the Federal Circuit incorrectly interpret and apply the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding patent-eligibility of medical methods as set forth in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories,...more

6/12/2013 - Birth Defects Diagnostic Method Diagnostic Tests Healthcare Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pregnancy SCOTUS

A Patent Landscape Analysis: iPSCs

There are several emerging technology clusters in the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) space. Simon Elliot and I conducted a patent landscape analysis focusing on issued U.S. patents and pending applications....more

5/21/2013 - iPSCs Patent Applications Patents

"Human Genes" and Patents

At 10:00 A.M. on April 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court will entertain oral arguments in the dispute now known as the human “gene patenting” case. The Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., No. 12-398...more

4/15/2013 - ACLU Claim Construction DNA Gene Patenting Human Genes Patents

A Cautionary Tale for Patent Applicants

When should a patent application be filed? Should it be filed prior to submission of a manuscript or abstract for peer-review or just prior to publication? In highly competitive technologies, it is prudent to file as soon as...more

4/5/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Inventors Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents Prior Art

Australian “Gene Patenting” Case to be Appealed

The patenting of human genes in Australia remains under court review. As reported in the blog Patentology, an appeal of the Australian decision, Cancer Voices et al. v. Myriad Genetics Inc. et al., was filed on March 4, 2013...more

3/8/2013 - Human Genes Patents

Myriad Posts Gene Patenting Victory in Australia

In a companion case to the “gene patenting” dispute presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Myriad Genetics, Inc. successfully defended the patent-eligibility of “gene patents” in Australia. In Cancer Voices et al. v. Myriad...more

2/19/2013 - DNA Gene Patenting Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents RNA

Personalized Medicine Patenting Update

Patenting diagnostic methods is more challenging in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courts Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 566 U.S. __ (2012) (Prometheus) and the USPTO’s application of the...more

1/14/2013 - Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patents Personalized Medicine SCOTUS USPTO

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