Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Human Genes

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a... more +
Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a researcher discovers a naturally occurring substance, the substance itself cannot be patented. This issue was examined in a United States Supreme Court case, AMP v. Myriad, in regard to the patentability of human genes.  less -
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Australia Upholds Patent Eligibility of Isolated DNA

The Full Federal Court of Australia affirmed that isolated nucleic acids, i.e. whether it be DNA or RNA, are patentable subject matter in Australia. While an appeal to the High Court of Australia may be possible, absent an...more

News from Abroad: Myriad Patent Upheld by Full Federal Court of Australia

The Full Federal Court of Australia has handed down its long awaited decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc today, affirming that isolated DNA and RNA are patentable subject matter under Australian law....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

Computer-Aided Method Determined Ineligible Under Section 101 - SmartGene, Inc. v. Advanced Biological Lab.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a decision providing a glimpse into a panel’s post-Alice position with regard to patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions (under 35 U.S.C. § 101), determined...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

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

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

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

Genes and Information: The Problem of Disease-specific Databases

One of the many untruthful positions taken by the ACLU in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case was that DNA is merely information, like a computer program, and as such Myriad's patent claims were invalid as reciting...more

23andMe Patent Creates Controversy

A patent issued to 23andMe, Inc. last month has created some controversy, and in response, the biotech company, based in Mountain View, California, has posted its side of the story on the 23andMe blog. The patent, U.S....more

Defendants' Response to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motions - Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics Corp. and Myriad Genetics v....

Last month, Ambry Genetics and Gene By Gene responded to Myriad's motion for preliminary injunction in a 109 page brief that sets out its invalidity case as well as the basis for its antitrust counterclaims. Supported by...more

Can Your DNA Be Patented? The Supreme Court Draws a Delicate Balance

In Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court held that a naturally occurring, isolated segment of DNA is a product of nature and is not patentable....more

Myriad Preliminary Injunction Hearing to Be Held September 11, 2013

The hearing on Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics is scheduled for September 11, 2013, before Judge Robert A. Shelby at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Utah....more

Intellectual Property and Technology News | Issue 4, Q3 2013 (Global)

In This Issue: - IPT INSIGHTS - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPORT – A WINNING COMBINATION... - THE CJEU GOES TO THE MOVIES: REFLECTIONS ON FILM COPYRIGHT FROM AUSTRIA, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UK - CLOUD...more

The future of DNA patents

The US Supreme Court has ruled that certain patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics, the US biotech company that holds the patents covering a test for breast cancer related genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2), are invalid as products of...more

Supreme Court Decides Landmark Gene Patent Case

Actress Angelina Jolie recently spent around $3200 to take one of Myriad Genetics’ many breast cancer screening tests. When the test revealed that a mutation existed somewhere in a sequence of 81,000 nucleotides found on her...more

Ambry Responds to Myriad Lawsuit

Asserts Affirmative Defenses and Antitrust Counterclaims and Asks for Declaratory Judgment - On Monday Ambry filed its Answer to Myriad's complaint for patent infringement, and asserted patent misuse as an affirmative...more

Gene patents and the future of commercialized technology

Medicine is evolving from a global, one-size-fits-all approach to a more individualized approach that tailors treatment specifically for each patient. Originally published in The Journal Record - August 8, 2013....more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 7 July 2013

In This Issue: • Isolated DNA not Patent Eligible • Appeals Before Damages and Willfulness Determination OK • Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements May be Invalid - Excerpt from Isolated DNA not Patent...more

Why Does Myriad Think It Can Win BRCA Gene Lawsuits?

Earlier this month, Myriad Genetics filed patent infringement lawsuits against Ambry Genetics (on July 9th) and Gene-by-Gene (on July 10th). Filed with the complaint in the Ambry lawsuit was a Motion for Preliminary...more

"Business Cases in the US Supreme Court"

The U.S. Supreme Court recently closed its 2012 term with its usual headline-grabbing flurry of June decisions. Several of those decisions, as well as many more that received less publicity, will affect business interests. In...more

After Myriad: A Herd of Elephants in the Room

As we all know by now, the Supreme Court last month decided that isolated genes are not eligible for patenting. Although seemingly drawing a clear-cut distinction between DNA molecules having the same sequence as that which...more

Supreme Court Rules that a Naturally Occurring DNA Segment Is Not Patent Eligible, But cDNA May Be Patent Eligible

After years of uncertainty about the patent eligibility of DNA under §101, the Supreme Court in Ass'n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. _____ (2013), has held that "a naturally occurring DNA segment...more

Supreme Court Rules on Validity of Patents for Genetic Information

On June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology et. al. v. Myriad Genetics, the outcome of which was considered crucial in the development of genetic research....more

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