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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

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

Court Finds Dow Claims Clearly Indefinite

In Dow Chemical Co. v. Nova Chemicals Corp., the Federal Circuit held claims reciting a limitation that could be calculated in several ways indefinite where the patent claims, specification, and prosecution history failed to...more

9/3/2015 - Ambiguous Dow Chemical Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution Patents Reasonable Certainty Standard SCOTUS Teva v Sandoz

Federal Circuit Expands Direct Divided Infringement

In an en banc, per curiam decision in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit broadened the circumstances under which a party can be liable for direct...more

8/21/2015 - Akamai Technologies Biotechnology Direct Infringement Divided Infringement En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Method Claims Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Patents Remand SCOTUS

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

Biosig Claims Pass Reasonable Certainty Test

In its decision on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit once again held the Biosig patent claims not indefinite, reversing the district court decision to the contrary. The decision came in Biosig Instruments,...more

4/29/2015 - Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Why Did the Supreme Court GVR the Shire Lialda Case?

On January 26, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated, and remanded Shire Development LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to the Federal Circuit “for further consideration in light of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,...more

1/30/2015 - Certiorari Claim Construction Clear Error Standard De Novo Standard of Review Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Remand SCOTUS Shire Development v Watson Teva v Sandoz Vacated

Supreme Court Calls for Some Deference in Claim Construction Standard of Review

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., finding that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure call for some deference in the claim construction standard of...more

1/23/2015 - Claim Construction Clear Error Standard De Novo Standard of Review Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents SCOTUS Teva v Sandoz

Can Any DNA Claims Still Be Patented?

In a decision issued December 17, 2014, in In Re BRCA1- And BRCA2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation (Myriad II), the Federal Circuit invalidated Myriad’s primer claims and detection method claims under 35 USC §...more

1/22/2015 - DNA Genetic Materials Interim Guidance Myriad Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Three Patent Issues to Watch in 2015

Well, 2014 was a busy year in patent law, and it wasn’t all good news for patent holders. The Supreme Court made 35 USC § 101 a significant hurdle to patenting inventions across a broad swath of technologies, gave more teeth...more

1/8/2015 - Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard CLS Bank v Alice Corp Inter Partes Review Proceedings Interim Guidance Limelight v Akamai Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patents Post-Grant Review SCOTUS 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 Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Treatment Method Patents 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 Adopts Reasonable Certainty Test for Definiteness

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., rejecting the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” test for patent claim indefiniteness under 35 USC § 112, and...more

6/11/2014 - Definiteness Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Reasonable Certainty Standard SCOTUS

Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit on Induced Infringement in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., reversing the en banc Federal Circuit decision and holding that there can be no liability for induced...more

6/4/2014 - Akamai Technologies Infringement Limelight Limelight Networks Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

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

Do These Sequence Analysis Method Patents Satisfy Section 101?

According to an article on Law360, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is challenging the validity of two Genetic Technologies Ltd. patents on the basis that the claimed intron sequence analysis methods recite natural phenomena that do...more

2/7/2014 - AMP v Myriad Covered Business Method Patents Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Applications Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Lays Burden of Proof on Patentee, Even in Declaratory Judgment Action

In Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the patent holder bears the burden of proving infringement, even in a declaratory judgment action brought by a licensee. In reaching its...more

1/24/2014 - Burden of Proof Declaratory Judgments Infringement Medtronic Patent Infringement Patent Litigation SCOTUS

Supreme Court to Consider Legal Standard for Patent Indefiniteness

On January 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., to review the legal standard for holding a patent claim invalid as indefinite, under 35 USC § 112, second paragraph....more

1/13/2014 - Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Myriad Preliminary Injunction Hearing to Be Held September 11, 2013

The hearing on Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics is scheduled for September 11, 2013, before Judge Robert A. Shelby at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Utah....more

9/9/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Injunctions Myriad Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions SCOTUS

Is There Supreme Court Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Patent Inventorship Disputes Between State Universities? Federal Circuit Says...

In University Of Utah V. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Federal Circuit was faced with deciding whether a patent inventorship dispute between two different state universities is a “dispute between two states” that falls under...more

8/26/2013 - Exclusive Jurisdiction Inventions Inventors Jurisdiction SCOTUS State-Owned Enterprises Universities

Myriad Sues Ambry for Offering BRCA1/BRCA2 Breast Cancer Genetic Testing

On July 9, 2013, Myriad Genetics, Inc. brought suit against Ambry Genetics Corporation, alleging that Ambry is infringing ten (10) patents by offering breast cancer genetic testing for the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 mutations...more

7/11/2013 - Ambry BRCA Genetic Testing Healthcare Myriad Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Applies Antitrust Scrutiny to ANDA Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., the Supreme Court held that reverse payment (“pay-for-delay”) settlement agreements made in the context of settling Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation should be evaluated for antitrust...more

6/20/2013 - Actavis Inc. ANDA FTC FTC v Actavis Generic Drugs Hatch-Waxman Patents Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS

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