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Federal Circuit Invalidates Diagnostic Method Claims for Prenatal Test Under 35 U.S.C. 101

On June 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“District Court”) that the method claims in U.S. Patent 6,258,540 (‘540 patent) for detecting...more

Federal Circuit Holds Medical Diagnostic Method Patent Invalid as Claiming Ineligible Subject Matter

Background - In two recent cases, Mayo v. Prometheus and Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court established a two-part test for determining eligibility for patenting. In step one, the court asks whether the claim is...more

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Disaster survivors, and even people who just hear about a disaster, are often first overwhelmed by it; they can only rationally process its significance after some time. During that time they overcome the initial visceral...more

Recent Cases Consider Patent Eligibility Under Mayo/Alice “Two-Step” Test: Invoking Routine and Conventional Elements Is Not...

In a series of cases addressing whether inventions are eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the U.S. Supreme Court has adopted a two-step analysis. Two recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...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

Federal Circuit Finds Revolutionary Non-Invasive Fetal DNA Test Method Unpatentable Under Mayo

On June 12, 2015, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. et. al. v. Sequenom, Inc. et. al., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated claims in U.S. Patent 6,258,540 directed to methods for detecting paternally inherited...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

U.S. Appeals Court Finds Prenatal DNA Test Unpatentable

The United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit in the District of Columbia came down with another blow for the patentability of biotech testing products on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Court affirmed the 2013...more

Another Sequenom Patent Appeal Heads to the Federal Circuit

While Sequenom’s appeal of the district court’s summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent 6,258,540 under 35 USC § 101 has been pending at the Federal Circuit, the USPTO has been considering the validity of the patent...more

Koepsell and Noonan on Gene Patenting

In 2009, the first edition of Dr. David Koepsell's book "Who Owns You: The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes" was published. With the second edition of his text about to be published, Dr. Koepsell allowed Patent Docs...more

Comments on USPTO’s Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance (Part 2)

The Preemption Requirement - Preemption is the core concern that drives the Court’s “exclusionary principle”. The Supreme Court in Alice stated...more

Federal Circuit to Myriad: Neither DNA Primers nor Comparing Gene Sequences Are Patent-Eligible Subject Matter - In re BRCA1- and...

In the latest decision addressing the patentability of Myriad’s BRCA1- and BRCA2-related patents, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated a number of Myriad’s composition of matter claims and method...more

Validity of Sequenom Patent Still to Be Decided

Although Sequenom has settled its dispute over U.S. Patent 6,258,540 with some parties, its case against Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. remains active. Thus, we all should be waiting with bated breath to see whether the Federal...more

Can Any DNA Claims Still Be Patented?

In a decision issued December 17, 2014, in In Re BRCA1- And BRCA2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation (Myriad II), the Federal Circuit invalidated Myriad’s primer claims and detection method claims under 35 USC §...more

Top Three Stories of 2014

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its eighth annual list oftop patent stories. For 2014, we identified eighteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we...more

Natural Products Whiplash

What you need to know: Two important developments in the last week have exacerbated confusion around patent protection for natural products and technologies that implicate laws of nature, calling into question the...more

The Patent Office Clarifies the Ban on Patenting Naturally-Derived Drugs and Other Products

Since the very beginning of America’s revolutionary patent system, inventors in the life sciences have been granted patents for discovering and purifying natural products. It was taken as a given that a purified natural...more

An Early Test for the USPTO’S Eligibility Analysis

Just last week, the USPTO released its revised subject matter eligibility guidance (2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility “Interim Guidance” reviewed in my prior post of December 16th, 2014). The Interim...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - December 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Fundamental Reform Ahead For European Patent Law - Patentability of Isolated Nucleic Acid - Patent Reform – Is It Working? - Right To Privacy In Japan - Supreme Court Corner - The FTC...more

Federal Circuit Applies Alice to Biotechnology in Striking Down Myriad Method of Screening Claims, Leaves Door Open for Narrower...

On December 17, 2014, a three judge panel of the Federal Circuit issued a ruling that may significantly narrow the scope of patent eligible subject matter with respect to method claims in the biotechnology field. The...more

More Biotech and Diagnostic Patents At Risk After Federal Circuit Decision

On December 17, 2014, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found that certain claims relating to Myriad’s BRCA1 genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as being ineligible for patent...more

Federal Circuit Invalidates Myriad Primer and Method Claims as Lacking Subject Matter Eligibility

In a case styled as In re BRCA1- and BRCA2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation (also known as Myriad v. Ambry), the Federal Circuit held four of Myriad’s “primer” claims and two of Myriad’s detection method claims...more

USPTO Issues New Guidance with Fewer Limitations on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Patent Claims

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released its latest iteration of guidance—referred to as the "Interim Eligibility Guidance"—to its examiners. This guidance is aimed at assessing whether an invention claimed...more

Myriad’s Continuing Patent Debate

On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entertained oral argument in the interlocutory appeal of the district court’s denial of Myriad’s motion for preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics....more

Guest Post: Myriad -- A Direct and Unexceptional Approach

Is there a chain of reasoning that leads to the outcome in Myriad more shortly and directly than that outlined by Justice Thomas and without invoking judicial exceptions? It is strongly arguable that this is indeed the case...more

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