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Docs @ BIO: The Rest of the Story - Bloomberg BNA Hosts Panel on Subject Matter Eligibility

Last month at the BIO convention, Randy Kubetin, Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report moderated a panel entitled "Patent Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme...more

7/9/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Docs @ BIO: BNA Issues Report on PTO's Patent Eligibility Guidance

Sounding an appropriately alarmist note, the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Life Sciences Law and Industry Report issues the results of a study on how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is administering its March 4, 2014...more

7/1/2014 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology Guidance Update Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment SCOTUS USPTO

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International (2014)

This morning, in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Supreme affirmed the Federal Circuit's per curiam opinion in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. in a unanimous opinion by Justice Thomas with a concurring opinion by Justice Sotomayor joined...more

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

Dr. Cook-Deegan Brings the Medical Community Up to Date on the Myriad Case

In an article in The Cancer Letter entitled "Robert Cook-Deegan's Viewers' Guide To the Super Bowl of Gene Patent Cases," Professor Robert Cook-Deegan (at right) of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Sanford...more

4/1/2014 - AMP v Myriad DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Thoughts on the USPTO's Patent Eligibility Guidelines (and What to Do About Them)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued (without public notice or opportunity to comment) its interpretation of the standards for subject matter eligibility in view of the Supreme Court's recent decisions in Mayo...more

3/19/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical SCOTUS USPTO

Sequenom Files Opening Brief in Appeal of Summary Judgment on Section 101 Grounds

Earlier this week, Sequenom, Inc. filed its opening brief in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., appealing summary judgment that its licensed claims to a genetic diagnostic method for detecting fetal diseases and...more

1/31/2014 - DNA Genetic Materials Genetic Testing Human Genes Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Sequenom Summary Judgment

In Defense of Patenting

Fritz Machlup, an economist, once said that if we didn't have a patent system it would be irresponsible to recommend one, but since we have one, it would be irresponsible to abolish it. An Economic Review of the Patent...more

12/20/2013 - Bayh-Dole Act BRCA GATT Inventors Licenses Myriad Patent Reform Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Prior Art Royalties Technology Universities WTO

Patent Eligible Subject Matter in the District Courts: Ariosa Genetics v. Sequenom (N.D. Cal. 2013)

Last Wednesday, Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California granted summary judgment to declaratory judgment plaintiff Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom. The legal basis of the court's...more

11/7/2013 - DNA Genetic Materials Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Myriad Sues GeneDx on BRCA and Other Genetic Diagnostic Patents

After a brief hiatus that saw Counsyl and Quest Diagnostics file declaratory judgment actions in alternate venues, Myriad has filed yet another lawsuit against a genetic diagnostics company that brought its own BRCA gene...more

10/22/2013 - BRCA DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Genes and Information: The Problem of Disease-specific Databases

One of the many untruthful positions taken by the ACLU in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case was that DNA is merely information, like a computer program, and as such Myriad's patent claims were invalid as reciting...more

10/16/2013 - ACLU AMP v Myriad DNA Genetic Materials GINA HIPAA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Defendants' Response to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motions - Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics Corp. and Myriad Genetics v....

Last month, Ambry Genetics and Gene By Gene responded to Myriad's motion for preliminary injunction in a 109 page brief that sets out its invalidity case as well as the basis for its antitrust counterclaims. Supported by...more

9/20/2013 - AMP v Myriad Genetic Testing Human Genes Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions

Aria Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a District Court decision denying a preliminary injunction to patentee Sequenom over the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540. While the Court rendered its decision based on...more

8/15/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Genetic Testing Injunctions Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions

Ambry Responds to Myriad Lawsuit

Asserts Affirmative Defenses and Antitrust Counterclaims and Asks for Declaratory Judgment - On Monday Ambry filed its Answer to Myriad's complaint for patent infringement, and asserted patent misuse as an affirmative...more

8/8/2013 - Ambry AMP v Myriad Antitrust Litigation DNA Genetic Materials Human Genes Myriad Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Sherman Act The Clayton Act USPTO

Why Does Myriad Think It Can Win BRCA Gene Lawsuits?

Earlier this month, Myriad Genetics filed patent infringement lawsuits against Ambry Genetics (on July 9th) and Gene-by-Gene (on July 10th). Filed with the complaint in the Ambry lawsuit was a Motion for Preliminary...more

7/31/2013 - BRCA Human Genes Myriad Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preliminary Injunctions

Does the Myriad Decision Presage a Golden Age of Patent-Free Personalized Medicine?

The Supreme Court's decision in the Myriad case has been almost universally hailed as being a great victory for patients, doctors, personalized medicine, and research. Precluding patenting for "merely" isolated human DNA,...more

6/20/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Human Genes Cannot Be Patented While Approving Patentability of Synthetic Genes in Issuing Key Myriad...

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously June 13, 2013 in favor of Plaintiffs/Petitioners in Association of Molecular Pathologists v. Myriad Genetics on the question of whether isolated DNA is patent eligible. The opinion found a...more

6/18/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (2013)

The Supreme Court rendered its opinion in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. ("the Myriad case"), and in many ways it was anticlimactic: the Court adopted the Department of Justice's position...more

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

The Broader Meanings of the CLS Bank Decision

Much has and will continue to be written about the Federal Circuit's en banc decision in CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. last week, and most of the commentary has and will be critical of the path the court took in arriving at...more

5/28/2013 - Claim Construction CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Computer-Related Inventions Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

What We May Learn from the Myriad Oral Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. on Monday, and many have commented on the Court's interrogation of the parties' representatives (and the government)...more

4/19/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Litigation Strategies Myriad Oral Argument Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Myriad Genetic Database Under Siege

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider the patent-eligibility of claims to isolated human DNA in AMP v. Myriad Genetics this morning, another aspect of Myriad’s control over BRCA testing technology is being contested. ...more

4/15/2013 - AMP v Myriad Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine SCOTUS

A Response to Dr. Mason's "Rebuttal" to Criticisms of His Genomics Medicine Article

Much of the gene patenting debate has appeared, to experienced patent practitioners, to be akin to a conversation with Kevin Kline's character in A Fish Called Wanda, or perhaps a passage from P.G. Wodehouse's The Luck of the...more

4/12/2013 - DNA Human Genes Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Is Lack of Preemption the Key for the Supreme Court to Decide in Myriad's Favor?

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. on April15th, and the parties and their different cadres of amici have submitted briefs of varying degrees of...more

3/27/2013 - DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preemption SCOTUS

IPO Files Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in AMP v. Myriad Genetics

In an amicus brief filed last week in support of respondents Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al., the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) asked the Supreme Court to affirm the Federal Circuit's decision in Association for...more

3/20/2013 - AMP v Myriad Human Genes Intellectual Property Owners Association Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

AIPLA Submits Amicus Brief to Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad Genetics

There is a great cultural divide that has been illuminated by the Myriad case (AMP v. Myriad Genetics), between producers of technology and its consumers, governments and non-government organizations such as patient groups...more

3/14/2013 - AMP v Myriad Human Genes Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Myriad Sets Forth Its Case to the Supreme Court

Myriad Genetics filed its responsive brief with the Supreme Court last Thursday in AMP v. Myriad Genetics ("the Myriad case"). It is a certainly a serviceable brief that makes the patent law arguments that need to be made...more

3/12/2013 - AMP v Myriad Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

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