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The State of Vaccines Under the USPTO 101 Guidelines

In his State of the Union Address given on January 28, 2014, President Obama recognized the need for continued and increased investment in new technologies, including technologies specific to the biological and pharmaceutical...more

FDA Draft Guidance Proposes Change to Combination Product Exclusivity Policy

New market exclusivity opportunities emerge for pharmaceutical companies. In draft guidance released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) on February 24, 2014, the Agency proposed changes to its...more

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

HSR Act Allows Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions To Be Subject to Unique Reporting Requirements, FTC Tells Court

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a federal court to find that the agency has authority under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) to promulgate reporting requirements that apply solely to transfers of patent rights...more

TransCardiac's State Court Complaint Avoids Raising Federal Question

Judge Totenberg remanded the case brought by TransCardiac Therapeutics, Inc. (“TransCardiac”), against Ajit Yoganathan, Ph.D, Jorge H. Jiminez, Ph.D., Vinod H. Thourani, M.D., Emory University, Georgia Tech Research...more

The USPTO Announces New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. §101 in View of Myriad, Prometheus...

March 10, 2014 – On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office issued guidelines for the examination of “all claims (i.e., machine, composition, manufacture and process claims) reciting or involving laws of...more

USPTO Guidance for Examiners Takes Expansive View of Myriad and Prometheus Decisions

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps with guidance for determining the patent eligibility of claims relating to products of nature and laws of...more

Mayo, Myriad, and Multi-factor balancing tests

Updated subject matter eligibility guidance from the USPTO - On the same day that the Supreme Court’s opinion was handed down in Assoc. for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 133 S. Ct. 2107 (2013), the U.S. Patent...more

Patent Profile: VM Institute of Research Receives Patent for Method of Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,642,270, which is entitled "Prognostic biomarkers to predict overall survival and metastatic disease in patients with triple negative breast cancer." The...more

FDA Intends to Grant Five Years of Market Exclusivity to Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs Containing One New Drug Substance

Fixed-dose combination drug products are becoming increasingly important in the treatment of patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and infectious disease. Within the last two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug...more

Genentech’s Distribution of Prescribing Information to Physicians is Alleged to Infringe Method Patent

On January 31, 2014, Phigenix, Inc. (“Phigenix”) filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Georgia alleging that the sale and use of the drug Kadcyla by Genentech, Inc. (“Genentech”) infringed U.S. Patent No. 8,080,534B2,...more

Patent Profile: Patent Issued for Method of Differentiating Pancreatic Cancer from Benign Pancreatic Disease

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,632,983, which is entitled "Biomarkers for pancreatic cancer and diagnostic methods." The '983 patent, which is assigned to the Van Andel Research...more

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences...more

Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation in Biotech/Pharma Industries, Academics Conclude

Most recent academic and some popular assessments of the effects of the Bayh-Dole Act have been critical. This has been due in part to political opposition to licensing university technology (and the purported soiling of the...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Updated Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

Computer-Aided Selection Method Fails Patent-Eligibility

In SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Labs., S.A., No. 2013-1186 (Fed. Cir., Jan. 24, 2014), the Federal Circuit held that a patent claiming the use of a computer to implement routine mental information-comparison and...more

Methods of Medical Treatment: Still Not an “Invention” in Canada

On January 27, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal in Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. v. Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Co., 2014 FCA 17 (Novartis), upheld the Federal Court’s denial of an application for a prohibition order under...more

Patent Profile: National Tsing Hua University Receives Patent for Method for Early Diagnosis of Liver Cancer

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,628,920, which is entitled "Method for early diagnosis of liver cancer and prediction of metastasis." The '920 patent, which is assigned to National...more

News from Down Under -- High Court of Australia Confirms That Claims to Methods of Medical Treatment Are Patentable in Australia

In the decision of Apotex Pty Ltd v Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd [2013] HCA 50 (order), the High Court of Australia, Australia's supreme court, confirmed that methods of medical treatment are a "manner of manufacture" and...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Breathe A Sigh Of Relief: Australia’s Highest Court Confirms That Methods Of Medical Treatment Are...

For many years, there has been an assumption that methods of medical treatment are patentable under Australian law, but this has never actually been tested at the highest judicial level. ...more

For the Common Good

For-profits and nonprofits in life sciences team up - Nonprofit groups are actively supporting research to solve tough medical challenges. Life sciences and pharma companies are eager to accelerate product development....more

Polsinelli Podcast - Generic Drugs to Market - What's the Climate in 2014? [Video]

What is the climate for getting generic drugs to market in 2014 and what are the obstacles? Polsinelli Shareholder Gary Hood leads the firm's pharmaceutical/Hatch-Waxman patent litigation practice. He has experience in a...more

Breaking News - High Court of Australia Confirms That Methods of Medical Treatment are Patentable

The High Court of Australia yesterday issued its long awaited decision in a dispute between Apotex Pty Ltd (Apotex) and Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd and related entities (collectively, Sanofi) concerning Sanofi's...more

Life Sciences Update: High Court Concludes Methods Of Medical Treatment Are Patentable

ON 4 DECEMBER 2013, THE HIGH COURT JUDGMENT IN APOTEX PTY LTD V SANOFI-AVENTIS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD & ORS [2013] HCA 50 WAS DELIVERED. THIS IS THE FIRST OCCASION THAT THE HIGH COURT HAS CONSIDERED WHETHER METHODS OF MEDICAL...more

Medical Devices: a seminar with Confindustria Modena

Medical devices are becoming more and more important. Like pharmaceutical products, they are positioned at the intersection of crucial interests. Some of these interests are traditionally dealt with by IP...more

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