Myriad Genetics is a publicly-traded molecular diagnostic company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Myriad's business model centers around isolating particular genes and determining their role in the... more +
Myriad Genetics is a publicly-traded molecular diagnostic company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Myriad's business model centers around isolating particular genes and determining their role in the development and progression of disease. Myriad's patenting practices have elicited considerable controversy with many opponents charging that Myriad cannot rightfully patent human genes. Opponents argue that human genes are naturally occurring and not patent-eligible subject matter. Myriad counters that the practice of isolating genes is a process distinct from the genes themselves and thus, is patentable. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the validity of Myriad's patents in AMP v. Myriad Genetics.
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The biggest concern of the biotechnology industry caused by the impending Supreme Court decision in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case is the threat to existing patents having claims to isolated human DNA (and the DNA from other...more
We are pleased to present the 27th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight stories that will have an impact on business, commerce and litigation, including the...more
On April 15, 2013, tackling an issue of significant importance to the biotechnology and health care industries, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether human genes are patentable and more specifically,...more
March 15, 2013 was a big deadline for patent applicants seeking to secure first-to-invent filing dates for U.S. patent applications, but April 15 will be a big day for the biotechnology industry, when the Supreme Court hears...more
In a companion case to the “gene patenting” dispute presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Myriad Genetics, Inc. successfully defended the patent-eligibility of “gene patents” in Australia. In Cancer Voices et al. v. Myriad...more
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
On November 30th, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will conference and consider whether to review the patent-eligibility of isolated DNA sequences. Our prior post of September 25, 2012 addressed Petitioners’ brief and request for...more
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