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District Court Applies Mayo To Treatment Claims But Denies Motion To Dismiss BMS Keytruda Litigation

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware accepted Merck’s arguments that method of treatment patents asserted by BMS against its Keytruda product “touch[] upon a natural phenomenon” such that they should be...more

Having A Bad Hair Day? The Federal Circuit Agrees That Method Of Cutting Hair Is Invalid Under 101

While I do not usually write about non-precedential decisions, In re: Brown caught my eye as an interesting patent eligibility case. It does not relate to diagnostics or computer programs, but rather to the art of cutting...more

Justice Breyer to Diagnostic Test Patentees – “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.”

Kevin Noonan recently posted an article entitled “The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer” that demonstrates, via Breyer’s quotes during various oral arguments, his suspicion that the patent system is, for example,...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2016

Mankes v. Vivid Seats Ltd. (No. 2015-1909, 4/22/16) (Taranto, Schall, Chen) - Taranto, J. Vacating judgment on the pleadings dismissing cases for inadequately pleading divided infringement and remanding for...more

Will The Celsis Appeal Put An End To 101 Rejections Of Laboratory Method Claims?

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held invalid claims directed to a “method of...more

Novel Applications of Natural Laws Remain Unpatentable Under 35 USC §101

In Genetic Technologies (GTG), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held the line in the patent eligibility saga in the field of biotechnology. GTG asserted U.S. Patent No. 5,612,179 against Merial and...more

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Limits on Diagnostic Method Patents

Arguing that the current state of the law weakens the patent system and poses a danger to life science innovators, biotechnology company, Sequenom, Inc., has filed a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the...more

Another Diagnostic Patent Falls Under 101

In Genetic Techs Ltd v Merial LLC (Fed. Cir., April 8, 2016), the Federal Circuit invalidated yet another diagnostic patent for failing to satisfy 35 U.S.C. § 101 on the ground that the claims recite nothing more than a law...more

Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility

Striking another blow against patent eligibility in the field of biotechnology, the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that methods that use “junk DNA” to detect genetic variations lack patent eligibility under 35...more

Discoveries Are Not Patentable.

In Genetic Technologies Limited v. Merial LLC. [2015-1202, -1203] (April 8, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court dismissal for failure to state a claim and entry of final judgment that claims 1–25 and 33–36...more

Federal Circuit Denies Patent on Gaming Method

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. This is the message often heard when claims are held to cover patent ineligible laws of nature, natural phenomena or abstract ideas. Once the claim is placed in the patent-ineligible box,...more

Sequenom Throws Diagnostic Method Patents At The Mercy Of The Supreme Court

It comes as no surprise that Sequenom has filed a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, asking the Court to review the Federal Circuit decision that upheld the district court decision that held its diagnostic method...more

Sequenom Seeks Supreme Court Review of Non-invasive Prenatal Diagnosis Patent

On March 21, 2015, Sequenom filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, et al. (No. 15-1182). In its petition, Sequenom calls its case the “ideal vehicle” for the...more

Know When to Fold ‘Em — Games are Unpatentable Abstract Ideas

In In re Smith, [2015-1664] (March 10, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection of claims in Smiths’ application for claiming patent-ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, because the claims cover only the...more

Sequenom Files Petition for Cert. After Invalidation of Cff Patent

Sequenom, the loser in “Ariosa,” has filed a petition seeking Supreme Court review of the Fed. Cir.’s invalidation of the claims of US Pat. No. 6,258,540 as an attempt to claim a natural product, cffDNA....more

IP Newsflash - March 2016 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - “Bust!” — Federal Circuit Deals Tough News to Inventors of Card Game - The Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) determination of unpatentability for claims...more

Vehicle Intelligence v. Mercedes-Benz: Ineligibility as a Proxy for Lack of Enablement

The Federal Circuit has issued six decisions since December 1, 2015, all of course invalidating the patents in suit, four per curiam (Clear With Computers v. Altec Indus; Cloud Satchel v. Amazon.com; Wireless Media...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Ariosa, but Not Without Concerns (Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. et al. v. Sequenom Inc. et al. (Fed. Cir....

Denying a petition for en banc rehearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed the panel’s decision that Sequenom’s patent claiming “a method of detecting paternally inherited nucleic acid” is an...more

Patent Examiners Who Cut Corners in Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions Can Be Reversed

Due to the rapidly shifting requirement for subject matter eligibility, some patent examiners seem to believe that, when it comes to software inventions, they are entitled to assume the invention is not patent eligible...more

The Genetics of Gender Discrimination in Date Palm Patenting

You’re driving south out of Indio along the Grapefruit Boulevard towards Thermal and Mecca because their names sound promising.  A parched desert plain extends to your left, leading up to the austere ridgelines of Joshua Tree...more

No Second Life for Fetal Test - Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom, Inc., et al.

By a poll of active justices, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom, Inc. et al. and issued two concurrences and one...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - January 2016

Highlights of 2015 and What to Watch in 2016 in The United States - Commil USA, llC v. CiSCo SyStemS, inC. (Supreme Court, may 26, 2015). In May, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief that an asserted patent...more

Top Five Stories of 2015

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Top Stories of 2015: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Vehicle Intelligence and Safety LLC v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Patent Claims (and Specification) Lacking in Detail Fail under 35 U.S.C. § 101 - The Federal Circuit issued an opinion on December 28, 2015 in the case captioned Vehicle Intelligence and Safety LLC v. Mercedes-Benz USA,...more

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