Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D.

Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Supreme Court Rules on Patentability of Human Genes

Today the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question "Are human genes patentable?" The Court, in Association of Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. et al., ruled that isolated DNA is a product of nature and not...more

6/15/2013 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

If Patented Technology Can Copy Itself, When Do Patent Rights Cease?

Patent rights in a patented self-replicating technology, such as seeds, continue until the patent term is ended and not before. On May 13, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bowman v. Monsanto that the patent rights in seeds are...more

5/15/2013 - Bowman v Monsanto Genetically Engineered Seed Infringement Monsanto Patent Exhaustion Patents SCOTUS Seeds

Race to the Patent Office – Start Your Engines!

The race to the Patent Office begins March 16, 2013, when the new first-to-file patent system takes effect. Start your engines, or at least think about the consequences of this system for current and future patent portfolios....more

2/4/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Portfolios Patent Reform Patents

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