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Do the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?

One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered...more

Dr. Cook-Deegan Brings the Medical Community Up to Date on the Myriad Case

In an article in The Cancer Letter entitled "Robert Cook-Deegan's Viewers' Guide To the Super Bowl of Gene Patent Cases," Professor Robert Cook-Deegan (at right) of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Sanford...more

Myriad Appeals Adverse Preliminary Injunction Decision

On March 13, Myriad Genetics filed a Notice of (interlocutory) Appeal with the Federal Circuit. Myriad is seeking to have the Court review and reverse the District Court's denial of the company's preliminary jnjunction...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

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

The Fraud-Tainted Cloning Patent: Scandalous in Theory, a Storm in a Teacup in Reality

You may have heard that the United States Patent Office (USPTO) has recently issued a patent on cloning human stem cells to Korean researcher Hwang Woo-Suk. About a decade ago, Dr. Hwang claimed to have cloned the world’s...more

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences...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

Sequenom Files Opening Brief in Appeal of Summary Judgment on Section 101 Grounds

Earlier this week, Sequenom, Inc. filed its opening brief in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., appealing summary judgment that its licensed claims to a genetic diagnostic method for detecting fetal diseases and...more

"Intellectual Property and Technology: Patent Issues to Watch in 2014"

With key provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) taking effect and a host of controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 2013 was another active year for intellectual property law. Big cases and big changes will continue...more

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

Sanofi-Aventis v. Pfizer Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Last week, in Sanofi-Aventis v. Pfizer Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed an award of priority to Pfizer by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in an interference involving the cDNA for the human interleukin-13...more

Patent Eligible Subject Matter in the District Courts: Ariosa Genetics v. Sequenom (N.D. Cal. 2013)

Last Wednesday, Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California granted summary judgment to declaratory judgment plaintiff Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom. The legal basis of the court's...more

Federal Circuit Holds Full Sequence Not Required for Invention of DNA

In Sanofi-Aventis v. Pfizer, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO’s determination that Pfizer had proven an earlier date of invention of the DNA sequence at issue, even though it did not have the full, correct...more

California Court Holds Diagnostic Claims Not Patent-Eligible

In one of the first district court decisions applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s new Myriad patent-eligibility standard, the Northern District of California held that diagnostic claims containing only conventional and existing...more

Where Do We Stand?

Some of our commenters have asked (with greater or lesser degrees of stridency) that we "take a position" on claims like the Myriad method claims at issue in the lawsuits brought against Ambry Genetics, Gene-by-Gene, and...more

Defendants' Oppose Myriad's Motions to Dismiss Antitrust Counterclaims

In responding to Myriad Genetics' complaint for patent infringement, both Ambry Genetics and Gene-by-Gene asserted counterclaims under the Sherman Antitrust Act, predicated on Myriad's filing its patent infringement lawsuit. ...more

Myriad Beyond The US: Patent Eligibility Of Genes In Australia, New Zealand And South East Asia

This article discusses the patent protection of isolated, naturally occurring nucleic acids in Australia, NZ and a number of South East Asian countries. In these jurisdictions there is no express exclusion of these molecules...more

St. Jude's Hospital Sues Novartis over Research Tool Patents

Lest anyone think that Myriad Genetics is the only patentee asserting rights in patents having claims to isolated DNA molecules or other biological molecules, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Inc. has sued Novartis...more

Myriad Genetics Sues Quest for Patent Infringement

Turnabout being fair play, Myriad Genetics today filed suit against Quest Diagnostics, Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute for patent infringement in an action brought in the Federal District Court for the District...more

Myriad Sues GeneDx on BRCA and Other Genetic Diagnostic Patents

After a brief hiatus that saw Counsyl and Quest Diagnostics file declaratory judgment actions in alternate venues, Myriad has filed yet another lawsuit against a genetic diagnostics company that brought its own BRCA gene...more

Burden of Section 101 following Myriad

The Supreme Court’s decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc., 2013 DJDAR 7484 (2013), held that Myriad’s claims directed to “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not...more

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