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Institut Pasteur Obtains Reversal of USPTO Board Decision of Obviousness of Eukaryotic Site-Directed Mutagenesis Methods

In Institut Pasteur v. Focarino, the Federal Circuit found that the obviousness determination by the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences was not supported by substantial evidence, and rested on an “erroneous...more

Top Three Stories of 2013

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Top Stories of 2013: #7 to #10

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Court Report -- December 08, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astrazeneca AB et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 3:13-cv-07298; filed December 3, 2013 in the District Court of New...more

Bioethicists "Urge Maximal Transparency" in Response to 23andMe Patent

Last week, we discussed a patent, recently issued to 23andMe, Inc., that has created some controversy. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,543,339, is directed to a system for identifying a preferred gamete donor from among the...more

23andMe Patent Creates Controversy

A patent issued to 23andMe, Inc. last month has created some controversy, and in response, the biotech company, based in Mountain View, California, has posted its side of the story on the 23andMe blog. The patent, U.S....more

Intellectual Property and Technology News | Issue 4, Q3 2013 (Global)

In This Issue: - IPT INSIGHTS - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPORT – A WINNING COMBINATION... - THE CJEU GOES TO THE MOVIES: REFLECTIONS ON FILM COPYRIGHT FROM AUSTRIA, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UK - CLOUD...more

Authors of Genome Medicine Article Form Genetic Testing Company

In a paper published in March in the journal Genome Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Rosenfeld of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and Dr. Christopher Mason of Cornell University contended that due to the...more

After Myriad: A Herd of Elephants in the Room

As we all know by now, the Supreme Court last month decided that isolated genes are not eligible for patenting. Although seemingly drawing a clear-cut distinction between DNA molecules having the same sequence as that which...more

Myriad: Comparing US Law with European, Japanese and Australian Law

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that isolated DNA having the same sequence as naturally-occurring DNA is not patentable subject matter is inconsistent with the position of the European Patent Office and Japanese law....more

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

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

Supreme Court Holds Isolated Naturally Occurring DNA Cannot Be Patented, Sustains Patent-Eligibility of cDNA

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the “ACLU/Myriad” gene patenting case (formally, Association For Molecular Pathology. et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al., Supreme Court No....more

Supreme Court Issues Decision in AMP v. Myriad -- Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (2013)

In a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court issued its opinion this morning in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. In an opinion by Justice Thomas, joined by Chief Justice Roberts, Justices...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Isolated Human Genes Are Unpatentable

Summary - On June 13, 2013 in a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. __ (2013) unanimously held that claims for isolated DNA sequences...more

What Supreme Court’s Myriad decision means for biopharma companies

On June 13, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that certain patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics, the US biotech company that holds the patents covering a test for a breast-cancer related genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2), are invalid...more

Life Sciences Alert: Unanimous Supreme Court Decision in Ass'n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc.

Yesterday, a unanimous Supreme Court decision in Ass’n for Mol. Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring segment of … [DNA]” are not patent eligible despite their...more

Myriad: The Court Has Spoken — Isolated DNA Is NOT Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its anxiously awaited decision in Association for Molecular Pathology et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., No. 12-398 (U.S. June 13, 2013). The Court addressed whether an isolated...more

SCOTUS: Human Genes Cannot Be Patented. Is This the End or Beginning of Genetic Research?

For a Legal Perspective on today's much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court "Myriad" decision that naturally occuring substances are not patentable, we turned to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra...more

Will the Supreme Court Limit Nanotech Patents?

In a case styled The Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the Supreme Court is confronting the question of whether or not human genes are patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. 101. A decision is expected in the...more

The Myriad Case and "Gene" Patents: Much Ado about Nothing?

The biggest concern of the biotechnology industry caused by the impending Supreme Court decision in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case is the threat to existing patents having claims to isolated human DNA (and the DNA from other...more

Rubin v. General Hospital Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

On March 28, the Federal Circuit in Rubin v. General Hospital Corp. affirmed judgment by the District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissing the suit brought by Drs. Berish Rubin and Sylvia Anderson against The...more

[Legal Perspective] Can Human Genes Be Patented?

Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that comes down to a single question: can human genes be patented?...more

Can You Patent Human Genes? ACLU Says No [Video]

April 12 (Bloomberg Law) -- On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. The case centers on whether patents may be granted on...more

Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments in Landmark Patent Case

April 15 is a big day for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical diagnostic companies at the Supreme Court, as justices begin a new session by hearing oral arguments in a landmark case involving the patentability of...more

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