Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

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Federal Circuit Invalidates Myriad Primer and Method Claims as Lacking Subject Matter Eligibility

In a case styled as In re BRCA1- and BRCA2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation (also known as Myriad v. Ambry), the Federal Circuit held four of Myriad’s “primer” claims and two of Myriad’s detection method claims...more

12/19/2014 - DNA Genetic Materials Guidance Update Myriad v Ambry Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USTPO

USPTO Finally Issues New Guidance On Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The USPTO has issued new “Interim Guidance” for determining whether claims are eligible for patenting under 35 USC § 101. Although the new guidance technically applies to all technologies and all types of claims, Applicants...more

12/17/2014 - Functional Equivalent Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Long-Awaited Revised Guidance on Patent Eligibility

The USPTO has issued new “interim” guidance for determining whether claims are eligible for patenting under 35 USC 35 U.S.C. § 101. Assuming the guidance document is published in the December 16, 2014 Federal Register, it...more

12/16/2014 - Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

11/20/2014 - America Invents Act International Harmonization International Searching Authority Patent Cooperation Treaty Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Prior Art TRIPS Agreement USPTO

Third Time Is the Charm for WildTangent Challenge of Patent Eligibility of Ultramercial Patent

In its third opinion reviewing the same district court decision, the Federal Circuit this time affirmed the district court’s grant of WildTangent’s motion to dismiss Ultramercial’s patent infringement complaint because the...more

11/18/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Copyright Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patent-in-Suit Patents Section 101 Software

District Court Finds Genetic Technologies Patent Invalid Under 101 on Motion to Dismiss

Judge Stark of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted defendants’ motion to dismiss Genetic Technologies, Ltd.’s patent infringement suit with regard to claim 1 of U.S. Patent 5,612,179 on the basis that...more

11/7/2014 - Genetic Materials Genetic Technologies Ltd. Motion to Dismiss Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101

A Peek at the 60 Minutes GenePeeks Patents

On October 26, 2014, 60 Minutes aired a story called “Breeding Out Disease” that included a segment about GenePeeks, a company that uses genetic information from prospective parents to make thousands of “digital babies” and...more

10/30/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp GenePeeks Genetic Materials Genetic Services Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Hears Arguments in Other Myriad Gene Patents Case

On October 6, 2014, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in a case involving the claims of the Myriad gene patents that were not invalidated by the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision. The Federal Circuit is reviewing the...more

10/8/2014 - DNA Myriad v Ambry Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions

Update on Mayo Myriad Patent Eligibility From USPTO BCP Partnership Meeting

On September 17, 2015, the USPTO held the first “bicoastal” Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership meeting, with live participation from the USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria, VA and from San Jose...more

9/18/2014 - Biotechnology Chemicals Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Professional Conferences USPTO

Australia Upholds Patent Eligibility of Isolated DNA

The Full Federal Court of Australia affirmed that isolated nucleic acids, i.e. whether it be DNA or RNA, are patentable subject matter in Australia. While an appeal to the High Court of Australia may be possible, absent an...more

9/9/2014 - Australia DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Airing the USPTO's Naturally Occurring Dirty Laundry — the Subject Matter Eligibility Stain

It has been five months since the USPTO issued its Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products to aid examiners in applying the...more

8/22/2014 - Final Guidance Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Prometheus USPTO

Comments on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Due by July 31

This week brings the July 31, 2014 deadline for submitting written comments on two USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidance documents: The “Myriad-Mayo” Guidance issued March 4, 2014 (for claims involving laws of...more

7/29/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment Rulemaking Process USPTO

Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter...

The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to...more

7/16/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Method of Manufacture Patents Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Treatment Method Patents USPTO

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

7/9/2014 - Minerals Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment USPTO

USPTO Asks for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Comments by July 31, 2014

In a June 30, 2014 Federal Register notice, the USPTO requested public comments by July 31, 2014 on patent subject matter eligibility under the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

6/30/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment SCOTUS Software USPTO

How the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Undermines the USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, finding that patents directed to “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk’” were invalid as being drawn...more

6/25/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS Software

Supreme Court: Generic Computer Implementation Does Not Render Abstract Ideas Patentable

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, which was previously discussed. In a unanimous opinion by Justice Thomas, the Court held, consistent with its precedent,...more

6/20/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Risk Mitigation Software

Update From the May 9, 2014 USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines Forum

On May 9, 2014, the USPTO hosted a forum to receive public feedback on the patent subject matter eligibility guidance for examiners circulated on March 4, 2014. The USPTO heard formal presentations from ten speakers...more

5/12/2014 - Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Public Comment SCOTUS USPTO

The New USPTO Patent Eligibility Rejections Under Section 101

Well, it’s happening. Office Actions with new patent eligibility rejections based on the USPTO’s March 4, 2014 Guidance are being mailed out to patent practitioners across the nation. While some new rejections under §101 were...more

5/7/2014 - Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment Section 101 USPTO

District Court Doubts Patent Eligibility of Myriad BRCA Claims

In a decision issued March 10, 2014, Judge Shelby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah denied Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. While Ambry had challenged the validity of...more

3/19/2014 - Ambry AMP v Myriad BRCA Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions

Five Things You Should Know About the USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The new USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidelines set forth a detailed analytical framework for evaluating whether claims satisfy the patent subject matter eligibility requirement of 35 USC § 101. If you are an...more

3/17/2014 - Biotechnology Life Sciences Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Do Pharmaceutical Compositions Have Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Under the New USPTO Guidelines?

The USPTO’s new patent subject matter eligibility guidelines (the “Guidelines”) include examples that apply the multi-factored analysis mandated by the Guidelines to compositions that include one or more “natural products” as...more

3/11/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical USPTO

USPTO Issues New Guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 USC 101 in View of Myriad and Prometheus

The USPTO issued new guidelines for determining if claims are eligible for patenting in light of the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S., 133 S. Ct. 2107, 2116, 106 USPQ2d 1972 (2013), and...more

3/6/2014 - Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

USPTO Issues New Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The USPTO has issued new patent subject matter eligibility guidelines to aid examiners in applying the principles of Myriad and Prometheus to any claim “reciting or involving laws of nature/natural principles, natural...more

3/5/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Holds Computer-Implemented Method Claims Invalid Under Section 101

Although SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Laboratories, SA is a non-precedential Federal Circuit decision, it could be interesting for that very reason, if it is a reflection of what the court sees as settled aspects of...more

2/5/2014 - Computer-Related Inventions Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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