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Farewell the ten sequences rule. The new MPEP disposes of the old §803.04 rule.

The latest MPEP revisions make a variety of changes. Most of the attention has focused on changes to examination procedures for 35 U.S.C. §101, for the obvious reason that this is an aspect of the law that has been in...more

Obama Administration Releases Much Anticipated Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

This client alert examines intellectual property proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the perspective of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. On November 5, 2015, the U.S. trade...more

3D Printing Partnership: 3D Medical Limited to Acquire Mach7 Technologies

3D Medical Limited (ASX: 3DM) recently announced that it has entered into a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) to purchase 100% of shares issued in Mach7 Technologies. According to the agreement, 3D Medical will issue 460...more

National Geographic Considers Technology and Its Threat to Humanity

Progress, and faith in progress to improve human lives, has been a cornerstone belief in American civilization (and, indeed, Western civilization generally, at least since St Augustine argued that Christ's death put an arrow...more

Natera Responds to Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc

Last week, Appellee Natera, Inc. filed its response to the petition for rehearing en banc filed by Appellants Sequenom, Inc. and Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, LLC in August (see "Sequenom Requests Rehearing En...more

What impact will the Australian Myriad decision have on patent eligibility of diagnostic tests?

By now most will know that: (a) Australia’s final appeal Court has made adverse findings against Myriad’s patent for utilising the BRCA1 locus to diagnose breast cancer; (b) the rejected claims are only those that...more

Court Report - October 2015 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Mylan Pharma Acquisition Ltd. et al. v Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC 1:15-cv-06700; filed July 30, 2015 in the Northern District...more

Can we patent products found in nature? It's complicated. An update on Australia's Myriad decision...

It remains to be seen if this new Myriad decision in Australia will be extended as it was in the U.S. to prevent virtually any product found in nature from being patented....more

What did the Australian High Court actually say about the patent eligibility of cDNA?

As the dust from the impact of the Australian Myriad decision begins to settle, now is the time to revisit what many have said regarding patent eligibility of cDNA, against what the final appeal Court actually said. On...more

“Does a nucleic acid constitute patent eligible subject matter under Australia law?”

That is the question that we hoped Australia’s final appeal Court to have answered in the Myriad decision that it handed down last week. Some observers have been quite forthright on the point: ‘Yes, the High Court of...more

Does a Nucleic Acid Constitute Patent Eligible Subject Matter Under Australian Law?

Clearly the High Court has given an answer to a question, but was that question the one we anticipated? That in itself is an open question!...more

Australian High Court Rules Gene Patents Unpatentable

Like the United States Supreme Court, the High Court of Australia has determined that Myriad’s patents directed to purified and isolated DNA molecules encoding the BRCA genes are unpatentable. Indeed, the Australian Court...more

News from Abroad: High Court Rules Myriad's BRCA Genes Not Patentable Subject Matter in Australia

Just over one year after the Full Federal Court of Australia unanimously upheld an earlier Federal Court decision that naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules are patentable in Australia, the High Court of Australia has...more

Australia High Court Rules Against Gene Patents

Colleagues in Australia have been spreading the bad news: The High Court of Australia followed the lead (?) of the U.S. Supreme Court and determined that Myriad cannot patent the isolated BRCA1 gene in Australia. Thanks to...more

High Court of Australia determines isolated BRCA1 gene not patentable in Australia

The High Court of Australia has unanimously overturned previous decisions from lower courts and has held that certain claims to Myriad's patent for isolated BRCA1 nucleic acid molecules are not patentable in Australia...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on term of data exclusivity for biological pharmaceuticals, not patent term

Five years of negotiations have culminated this week in the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the “TPP”) agreement by 12 countries from the Pacific-rim region, including the US and Australia. While the partnership...more

A Win for Kyle Bass’s Hedge Fund as the PTAB Dismisses Celgene’s Sanctions Motions

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) dismissed Celgene Corporation’s (“Celgene”) motions for sanctions against the Coalition for Affordable Drugs (“the Coalition”). As we previously reported, the Coalition is an...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: BIO and PhRMA

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

Strong Support for Sequenom’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc

In Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. v. Sequenom Inc., 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015), a Federal Circuit panel held that Sequenom Inc.’s prenatal diagnosis patent claims patent ineligible subject matter under the two-step test of Mayo...more

Kyle Bass Loses Round 1 of IPR Attack Against Pharma/Biotech Patents

On August 24, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) declined institution of two petitions filed by Coalition For Affordable Drugs for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) of Acorda’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos: 8,007,826,...more

Court Report - August 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Dr. Reddys Laboratories, Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-04524; filed June 26, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Federal Circuit Expands Direct Divided Infringement

In an en banc, per curiam decision in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit broadened the circumstances under which a party can be liable for direct...more

Expansion of Direct Infringement in Federal Circuit’s Akamai Decision a Big Win for Patent Holders

In a victory for holders of method patents, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision yesterday expanding the scope of direct infringement when multiple parties perform different steps of an invention. In its unanimous...more

The Upcoming Implementation of the Italian Patent Box Regime

Several press articles in recent weeks have anticipated the upcoming enactment of the Ministerial Decree which will eventually implement the Italian Patent Box regime. The Ministry of Economics and Finance announced on 29...more

Sanofi Seeks IPR of Cabilly Patent

On July 27, 2015, Sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) of the “Cabilly II” patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415. The Cabilly II patent granted shortly after I...more

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