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USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidance In View Of CellzDirect And Sequenom

On July 14, 2016, the USPTO issued a Memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps on patent eligibility in view of recent court decisions. The July 2016 Memorandum extracts more guidance for assessing patent eligibility from the...more

7/18/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Examiners Guidance Update Life Sciences Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

CAFC Finds Cryopreservation Method Patent Eligible

The Federal Circuit ruled that the cryopreservation methods at issue in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., are patent eligible under 35 USC § 101. It therefore vacated and remanded the decision of the U.S....more

7/8/2016 - CAFC CLS Bank v Alice Corp Examiners Mayo v. Prometheus Method Claims New Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Remand Section 101 USPTO Vacated

Supreme Court Deals Blow To Diagnostic Method Patents, Denies Cert In Sequenom

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” can be good words to live by, but in the context of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Sequenom, the silence is deafening–and could have a chilling impact...more

6/29/2016 - Ariosa Diagnostic Method Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Personalized Medicine Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

Supreme Court Declines to Review Sequenom Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied certiorari in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. (No. 15-1182), declining to review the Federal Circuit’s June 12, 2015, decision that certain methods of detecting paternally...more

6/28/2016 - Ariosa CLS Bank v Alice Corp Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition for Writ of Certiorari Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

USPTO 101 Guidance: Microneedles Versus Prosthetic Devices

When I first wrote about the new natural products Subject Matter Eligibility Examples issued by the USPTO on May 4, 2016, I noted a puzzling difference between the treatment of a claim reciting a vaccine coated on a...more

5/20/2016 - Guidance Update Medical Devices Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Natural Products

The new USPTO patent eligibility examples include two examples for “natural products” based inventions which appear to be consistent with the examples provided in the December 2014 set of patent eligibility examples. Although...more

5/16/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Guidance Update Mayo v. Prometheus Natural Products Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

New USPTO Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Methods

The patent eligibility examples published by the USPTO on May 5, 2016 include two new examples relating to diagnostic methods and two new examples relating to “nature-based” products. This article will consider the diagnostic...more

5/10/2016 - Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sequenom USPTO

USPTO Issues New Patent Eligibility Examples

The USPTO has issued new patent eligibility examples, including several examples relating to diagnostic methods and “nature-based” products. Surprisingly, most of the claims are said to satisfy 35 USC § 101. The USPTO also...more

5/10/2016 - Diagnostic Method Examiners New Guidance Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

District Court Applies Mayo To Treatment Claims But Denies Motion To Dismiss BMS Keytruda Litigation

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware accepted Merck’s arguments that method of treatment patents asserted by BMS against its Keytruda product “touch[] upon a natural phenomenon” such that they should be...more

5/5/2016 - Bristol-Myers Squibb CLS Bank v Alice Corp Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Mayo v. Prometheus Merck Motion to Dismiss Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Presumption of Validity SCOTUS Treatment Method Patents

Having A Bad Hair Day? The Federal Circuit Agrees That Method Of Cutting Hair Is Invalid Under 101

While I do not usually write about non-precedential decisions, In re: Brown caught my eye as an interesting patent eligibility case. It does not relate to diagnostics or computer programs, but rather to the art of cutting...more

5/2/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Applications Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Will The Celsis Appeal Put An End To 101 Rejections Of Laboratory Method Claims?

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held invalid claims directed to a “method of...more

4/29/2016 - Appeals CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Method Claims Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS USPTO

Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility

Striking another blow against patent eligibility in the field of biotechnology, the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that methods that use “junk DNA” to detect genetic variations lack patent eligibility under 35...more

4/12/2016 - Biotechnology CLS Bank v Alice Corp Corporate Counsel Diagnostic Method DNA Federal Rule 12(b)(6) Genetic Technologies Ltd. Machine-or-Transformation Test Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS

Sequenom Throws Diagnostic Method Patents At The Mercy Of The Supreme Court

It comes as no surprise that Sequenom has filed a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, asking the Court to review the Federal Circuit decision that upheld the district court decision that held its diagnostic method...more

3/28/2016 - Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Method Claims Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition for Writ of Certiorari SCOTUS Section 101 Sequenom

District Court Invalidates Cleveland Clinic Diagnostic Patents On Motion To Dismiss

Judge Gaughan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss after finding three Cleveland Clinic Foundation diagnostic patents invalid under 35 USC § 101. While the...more

3/3/2016 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology CLS Bank v Alice Corp Diagnostic Method Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS Sequenom

Australian Patent Office Provides Patent Eligibility Guidance

The Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) has issued final patent eligibility guidance under the Australian High Court’s decision in D’Arcy v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. Where the USPTO extrapolated from the U.S. Supreme Court...more

12/17/2015 - Australia Australian Patent Office Myriad Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical Patents

Judge Lourie Suggests Jepson Claims For Patent Eligibility

As reported previously, the Federal Circuit has denied rehearing in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. I wrote about Judge ‘Dyk’s opinion concurring in the denial but offering alternative views on patent eligibility...more

12/8/2015 - Abstract Ideas Diagnostic Method Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition For Rehearing SCOTUS Sequenom

Judge Dyk Would Add Reduction To Practice To Patent Eligibility Requirement

As noted in a previous article, the Federal Circuit has denied rehearing in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc.. The per curiam order was accompanied by two separate concurring opinions, one authored by Judge Lourie...more

12/5/2015 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Life Sciences Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Reduction to Practice Scope of the Claim SCOTUS Sequenom

Federal Circuit Denies Rehearing In Sequenom

The Federal Circuit has denied the petition for rehearing en banc in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., despite the filing of twelve amicus briefs in support of the petition, including briefs filed by Biotechnology...more

12/4/2015 - En Banc Review Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Petition For Rehearing Pharmaceutical Patents Sequenom

Australia High Court Rules Against Gene Patents

Colleagues in Australia have been spreading the bad news: The High Court of Australia followed the lead (?) of the U.S. Supreme Court and determined that Myriad cannot patent the isolated BRCA1 gene in Australia. Thanks to...more

10/9/2015 - AMP v Myriad Australia Biotechnology Chilling Effect Genetic Materials Innovation Mayo v. Prometheus Monopolization Myriad Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Scope of the Claim SCOTUS USPTO

Sequenom Seeks Rehearing En Banc

Sequenom, Inc. has filed a petition for rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit decision that held its diagnostic method claims invalid under 35 USC § 101. (You can read my synopsis of that decision here). Stakeholders in...more

8/18/2015 - En Banc Review Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition For Rehearing SCOTUS Section 101 Sequenom

Federal Circuit Answers Questions About Covered Business Method Review Proceedings

In Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., the Federal Circuit outlined the permitted extent of judicial review of Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review proceedings conducted by the USPTO Patent Trial and...more

7/23/2015 - America Invents Act Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Claim Construction Covered Business Method Patents Covered Business Method Proceedings Judicial Review Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Reverses Unreasonable PTAB Claim Construction, Upholds Idle Free Standard for Motions to Amend

The Federal Circuit decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Proxyconn, Inc., addressed several important issues relating to post-grant patent trials conducted by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including the PTAB’s...more

6/24/2015 - Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Claim Construction Inter Partes Review Proceedings Microsoft Motion to Amend Patent Invalidity Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Post-Grant Review Remand USPTO

Federal Circuit Holds Sequenom Diagnostic Method Patent Invalid Under 101

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., affirming the district court's finding that Sequenom’s claims are invalid under 35 USC § 101. The court's...more

6/15/2015 - Diagnostic Method Inventions Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Personalized Medicine Preemption Preliminary Injunctions Sequenom Summary Judgment

Another Sequenom Patent Appeal Heads to the Federal Circuit

While Sequenom’s appeal of the district court’s summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent 6,258,540 under 35 USC § 101 has been pending at the Federal Circuit, the USPTO has been considering the validity of the patent...more

6/3/2015 - Appeals DNA Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sequenom

Waiting on Sequenom

As I write this there’s a voice in my head saying, “Be careful what you wish for!” but it has been five months since Sequenom was argued at the Federal Circuit, and the court has yet to issue its decision. In the meantime,...more

4/8/2015 - Diagnostic Method Healthcare Interim Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Personalized Medicine Sequenom USPTO

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