Supreme Court Rules Prometheus Personalized Medicine Claims Not Patent-Eligible


On March 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., striking down patent claims directed to methods of optimizing patient treatment in which the level of a certain drug metabolite is measured to identify a need to increase or decrease dosage levels. The unanimous decision authored by Justice Breyer reversed the Federal Circuit’s finding of patent-eligibility based on the claims embracing the transformative steps of “administering” a drug and “determining” metabolite levels.

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