Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Supreme Court of the United States

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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USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

The Supreme Court’s Decisions Not to Hear Patent Cases Leaves Federal Circuit Decisions on Key Questions Intact

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear several patent cases, thus leaving the decisions by the Federal Circuit intact. Issues that were not taken up by the Supreme Court include (1) whether performing patented methods...more

Intellectual Property Law - July 2016

Supreme Court: Status Quo in Cuozzo - Why it matters: On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, where it rejected challenges to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes...more

Supreme Court Denies Sequenom’s Cert Petition, Leaving the Federal Circuit’s Interpretation of the Mayo/Alice Patent Eligibility...

The Supreme Court today denied Sequenom Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari, in which Sequenom asked the Court to review a decision of the Federal Circuit invalidating its patent on a breakthrough prenatal diagnostic...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa

The Supreme Court issued an order this morning denying certiorari in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. Patent Docs will provide more analysis of the Court's denial of certiorari in a subsequent post....more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Dr. Chakrabarty, A Scientist's View

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Eli Lilly and Company et al.

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

Even After Enfish, Alice Still Casts a Shadow at the PTAB

When it comes to Enfish, the PTAB may have just indicated that it prefers to cut bait. In Informatica Corp. v. Protegrity Corp., CBM2015-0021 (May 31, 2016), the PTAB held that U.S. Patent No 6,321,201 was void under Alice...more

Ariosa Files Opposition to Sequenom’s Cert Petition

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., Natera, Inc., and DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. have filed briefs in opposition to Sequenom’s petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court for review of the Federal Circuit’s decision holding...more

Latest Post-Alice Guidance from the Federal Circuit

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s finding of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101, as an unpatentable abstract idea, of a software patent concerning a “self-referential” database in Enfish v....more

USPTO Issues Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility

Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, patent examiners, applicants, practitioners and inventors continue to seek guidance on determining patentable subject matter under 35...more

May 2016 Update to Examiner Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

A Federal Register notice is scheduled to publish on May 6, 2016 updating the 2014 interim guidance on patent subject matter eligibility and the July 2015 update on subject matter eligibility. On May 4, 2016, a related...more

Do You Really Think the Supreme Court Had This in Mind…

When the Supreme Court invalidated the hedging claims in the Alice decision, do you think they had any idea the decision would lead to the following claim being invalidated as being directed to an abstract idea? 1. A...more

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

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

Down the Road Towards Federalization of Trade Secrets Claims

On April 27, 2016, by a vote of 410 to 2, the House passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “Act”). The Act passed the Senate earlier this month and is now headed to the President for his anticipated signature. If...more

Biotech Industry Supports Cert in Sequenom to Avert “Crisis of Patent Law and Medical Innovation”

The biotechnology and life sciences community has voiced broad support for Sequenom’s recent request that the Supreme Court review the Federal Circuit’s decision holding Sequenom’s diagnostic fetal DNA patent ineligible under...more

Sequenom v. Ariosa Diagnostics: A Supreme Court Petition that Requests Clarification on the Patent Eligibility of Diagnostic...

UUnder the Patent Act, one can patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” Common exceptions to what can be patented include laws of nature,...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

Can Science be Copyrighted? You Might be Surprised…

Biotechnology. For many, the mere mention of the word stirs up a thought of people in white lab coats working in underground bunkers trying to create superhuman mutant weapons, with beakers of green goo bubbling in 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

Supreme Court Vacates Alice in view of #AliceStorm

In a little-noticed order issued recently, the Supreme Court vacated the Alice decision. This comes less than a month after this tweet made the rounds in the patent community...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

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