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Patent Protection for Isolated Genetic Sequences Upheld in Australia

Last year in AMP v Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that isolated, naturally occuring DNA are not patent eligible, which caused considerable consternation in the biotech community. However, this does not...more

Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Consolidates Myriad Cases in Utah District Court

The old adage "Be careful what you wish for" comes to mind regarding Myriad Genetics' motion to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation under 28 U.S.C. § 1407, that cases relating to the company's BRCA gene patents be...more

District Court Doubts Patent Eligibility of Myriad BRCA Claims

In a decision issued March 10, 2014, Judge Shelby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah denied Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. While Ambry had challenged the validity of...more

Utah Judge Denies Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motion

In a 106-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby on Monday denied Myriad Genetics motion for preliminary injunction in Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics. Characteristic of its aggressive defense of its...more

Gene-by-Gene Cries Uncle, Settles with Myriad Genetics

Gene-by-Gene, Inc. was one of the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic diagnostics companies to announce that it would offer BRCA1/BRCA2 testing after the Supreme Court's decision last June that certain of Myriad Genetics'...more

Preliminary Injunction in Myriad v. Ambry and Gene-by Gene: Myriad Replies

Not to be outdone by defendants Ambry Genetics and Gene-by-Gene's 109-page brief in opposition to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motion, Myriad has now filed a Reply Brief weighing in at 140 pages (page limits in briefs...more

Senator Leahy Urges NIH to Use March-In Rights on Myriad BRCA Test

On Friday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "to urge [the Director] to consider using march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to ensure...more

Consortium Launches Public Database of BRCA Data

On June 13, the Genetic Alliance announced the launch of an initiative to fill the public information gap caused by the lack of available genetic information for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. ...more

Supreme Court Rules on Validity of Patents for Genetic Information

On June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology et. al. v. Myriad Genetics, the outcome of which was considered crucial in the development of genetic research....more

How Will U.S. Supreme Court Decision That Naturally Occurring DNA Is Not Patentable Impact Future Technology Patents?

On June 13, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed to end the three-decade-old practice of awarding patents based on human genes. In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. 12-398...more

Patent Watch: Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.

A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring....more

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