Antoinette F. Konski

Antoinette F. Konski

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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

Are Human Genes Patentable?

As reported in my November 30th, 2012 post, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the issue “are human genes patentable?”...more

12/11/2012 - ACLU Human Genes Myriad Patents

Amici Urge Reversal of "Gene Patenting" Decision

On November 30th, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will conference and consider whether to review the patent-eligibility of isolated DNA sequences. Our prior post of September 25, 2012 addressed Petitioners’ brief and request for...more

11/29/2012 - Gene Patenting Myriad Patents

Myriad Responds: ACLU Asks the Wrong Question

On October 31, 2012, Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al. (“Respondent” or “Myriad”) filed its brief in opposition to Petitioners’ (The Association for Molecular Pathology et al., represented by the American Civil Liberties Union or...more

11/15/2012 - ACLU DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Genetic Data, Patents, and Trade Secrets

Patents protect proprietary information but are of limited duration. After expiration, the patented technology becomes part of the public domain. Trade secrets, in contrast, never expire and therefore are not accessible to...more

11/12/2012 - Myriad Patents Trade Secrets

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