Diagnostic Method

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Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #2

HHS Publishes Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – On September 21, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of HHS laid out the federal government’s final version of...more

Patent Subject Matter Eligibility – Impact on Litigation and Prosecution

Personalized medicine relies on diagnostic technologies to accurately evaluate a patient’s clinical or genetic signature to guide treatment decisions. Protecting innovation by patenting the diagnostic methods and tools that...more

Fed. Cir. Rules Requirements for Direct Infringement by Multiple Parties

In Akami Technologies v. Limelight Networks, App. No. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (Fed. Cir., August 13, 2015), the court, sitting en banc after a remand from the S. Ct., set out the requirements for direct infringement...more

Eisenberg Analyzes the 101 Exception for Patents Claiming Diagnostic

PatentlyO recently posted a nearly final draft of a paper writer by Professor Rebecca Eisenberg that will be published in the Journal of Science and Technology Law (note to author – fix fn 23). (A copy can be found at the end...more

Further Guidance from the PTO

And yet diagnostic methods are still wandering in the wilderness… The PTO has issued yet another revision of its Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance for Examiners. The ?rst of these Guidance documents arrived in March...more

The Impact of Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom on the Patent Eligibility of Biomarker Detection Methods

Under the Patent Act, one can patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” Common exceptions to what can be patented include laws of nature,...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Another Diagnostic Patent

In Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., Slip Op. 2014-1139, 2014-114 (Fed. Cir. June 12, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Sequenom’s U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540 (the ‘540 Patent) was...more

Patent for Technology that “Revolutionized Prenatal Care” Nonetheless Invalid as Patent Ineligible

The Federal Circuit Friday held in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. that Sequenom’s patent directed toward its MaterniT21 test—involving methods of detecting and using cell-free fetal DNA— was invalid for lack of...more

Fed Circuit: Sequenom’s Diagnostic Method Claims Invalid Under §101

On June 12, 2015, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the Northern District of California’s finding that the method claims in U.S. Patent 6,258,540 (‘540 patent) for detecting...more

Federal Circuit Holds Sequenom Diagnostic Method Patent Invalid Under 101

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., affirming the district court's finding that Sequenom’s claims are invalid under 35 USC § 101. The court's...more

Waiting on Sequenom

As I write this there’s a voice in my head saying, “Be careful what you wish for!” but it has been five months since Sequenom was argued at the Federal Circuit, and the court has yet to issue its decision. In the meantime,...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Mobile Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration’s recent guidance on mobile medical applications illustrates the FDA’s growing efforts to combat emerging cybersecurity issues that affect patient safety. The guidance, issued in February...more

The Indefiniteness of What is "Routine, Well-understood and Conventional" in Assessing Patent Eligibility of Diagnostic Method...

Castigating the Supreme Court, at least in patent circles, has become as prevalent as the Court's forays into patent law have been to overrule the Federal Circuit. While even those who give the Court the benefit of the doubt...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

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

Salient Lessons For Australian Applicants Of US Diagnostic Patent Applications

In the latest decision concerning diagnostic method claims a US Court1 has provided some guidance to the diagnostics industry on the interpretation of the recent Supreme Court decisions in Mayo v Prometheus2 (Mayo) and AMP v....more

Patent Claims for Prenatal Diagnostic Method Invalidated as Ineligible Subject Matter

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found Sequenom's patent claims on a prenatal diagnostic method to be invalid and not infringed by Arisoa Diagnostic's Harmony Test product, because the asserted...more

Risk-Sharing and Reimbursement of Diagnostic Tests

Five industry executives argue for an overhaul of the current approval and reimbursement framework for diagnostic tests. In A Pay-For-Value, Data-Driven Approach for the Coverage of Innovative Genetic Tests a case is made for...more

Expanding Access to, and Development of, Personalized Medicine

In a July 8th, 2013 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) advised that proposed reimbursement schedules for diagnostic medicine will threaten the development...more

GAO Calls for Action to Address Rise in Self-Referrals of Anatomic Pathology Services

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published the results of a study examining trends in the number of self-referred anatomic pathology services and the impact on Medicare spending. Anatomic pathology...more

Supreme Court Asked for Further Clarity on Patent-Eligibility of Diagnostic Claims

Did the Federal Circuit incorrectly interpret and apply the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding patent-eligibility of medical methods as set forth in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories,...more

News from Abroad: Australian Federal Court Upholds Myriad's BRCA1 Gene Patents

In a significant win for Myriad, and their licensee Genetic Technologies Ltd, the Australian Federal Court on Friday upheld Myriad's method patents used in cancer screening for mutations in the BRCA1 gene. This decision will...more

Personalized Medicine Patenting Update

Patenting diagnostic methods is more challenging in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courts Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 566 U.S. __ (2012) (Prometheus) and the USPTO’s application of the...more

Top Stories of 2012: #8 to #11

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its sixth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2012, we identified fifteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that...more

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