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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit’s Ariosa Decision, Good Chance for Rehearing En Banc

In June of this year, the Federal Circuit panel in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. invalidated a patent on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter. 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015). While the case is one of...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

Can a natural product still be patented in Australia?

Yes. While various commentaries have suggested that patentable subject matter will be restricted in Australia under the recent High Court Myriad decision to exclude naturally occurring products (whether or not isolated), my...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

Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences – Part III, Psychobiotics

This is the third article in a series on advancements in microbiome research and development. This installment reviews the area of microbiome research known as the "gut-brain-axis" and therapies related thereto, which have...more

Physiology/Medicine Nobels Awarded for Discoveries of “Natural Products”

In re Roslin Institute, a Fed. Cir. panel consisting of Judges Dyk, Moore and Wallach ruled that methods of isolating cffDNA were not patent eligible. Judge Dyk, writing for the panel endorsed the “markedly different”...more

Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: A Midyear Assessment

The America Invents Act established inter partes review and post-grant reviews mechanisms to challenge the validity of issued United States patents. These procedures were created to improve patent quality, and were introduced...more

Back to school – the last year in patents: September 2015

The vexed question of how to enforce second medical use patents has dominated the headlines in the last half year. The case of Warner-Lambert v Actavis1 in the English High Court highlighted the serious difficulties...more

Claims Are Construed After Interference Proceedings

The court first determines that when a party is challenging a claim’s compliance with the written description requirement during an interference, the originating disclosure provides the meaning of the pertinent claim...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 27 Q3 2015

In This Issue: How Private is That Connected Car? US v EU Among the fastest growing sectors in the industry of smart things is the connected car. No longer a simple way from point A to point B, cars now comprise a...more

Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences – Part I, R&D Leaders

This is the first installment in a series on advancements in microbiome research and development. Our goal with this series is to inform readers about developments in this important and growing field and to highlight, where...more

Attacking Patents on Written Description & Enablement Grounds in Inter Partes Review

Although Inter Partes Review (IPR) is limited to grounds of unpatentability based upon prior art references, it is nevertheless possible to raise issues of written description or enablement by applying intervening prior art...more

IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2014 - Life Sciences Top 55

Last week, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the release of its 32nd annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents (see "Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2014"). ...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Rise of Companion Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities - Department of Justice Imposes More Than $110 Million in Fines on Medical Device Makers - Life...more

The Internet of Things

In this Presentation: - Internet of Things - definition - But what is it all about? - But not just that... - The IoT market in figures... - Beecham Research - view of the World - The Connected...more

Analysis of Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review in the Life Sciences Industry Through First Quarter 2015

The recently established inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) of the America Invents Act have been in the spotlight lately, especially now that the life sciences industry has begun to utilize these...more

Life Sciences Spotlight - Asia Pacific - Issue 5, 2015

In This Issue: - Harper Review Dispenses Important Recommendations For The Life Sciences Sector - Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extensions In Australia - PRC Anti-Corruption Regime 101 - Revisions To The Medicines...more

Quest Diagnostics and Inserm Launch BRCA Data-Sharing Initiative

Last week, diagnostics services provider Quest Diagnostics and Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research institution, announced the launch of BRCA Share, a new datashare initiative that will provide...more

Pfizer’s strategic response to the threat of generic competition upheld by the Federal Court

On 25 February 2015, the Federal Court handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the matter of ACCC v Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd. In dismissing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) allegations, Justice...more

Practical Steps for Building a Strong Life Science Patent Portfolio Worth Billions of Dollars

In the last four years, several companies with antiviral drug programs, including Alios BioPharma, Idenix, Inhibitex, InterMune and Pharmasset, have been acquired by large pharmaceutical companies (‘‘big pharma’’). One of the...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Interim Guidance -- Part III

In a forum held last month on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Alexandria campus, Office representatives discussed the Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, which was released in December, and received...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

IP Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Castle Defense: Federal Circuit Reinforces Patent Damages Gate in VirnetX - Standards Patent Licensing: Always Apportionment, Sometimes Stacking - Supreme Court to Consider Good-Faith...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

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