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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

USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Interim Guidelines – Nature-Based Product Guidance

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO issued a comprehensive interim Guidance document for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The new Guidance document supplements the June 2014 Preliminary...more

USPTO Issues New Guidance with Fewer Limitations on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Patent Claims

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released its latest iteration of guidance—referred to as the "Interim Eligibility Guidance"—to its examiners. This guidance is aimed at assessing whether an invention claimed...more

USPTO Issues Guidance on Patentability of “Nature”-Related Patent Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently taken a keen interest in whether certain subject matter is eligible to be patented under U.S. law1. In June 2013, the Supreme Court held in Myriad2 that patents on naturally-occurring DNA...more

All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray

The CAFC extends Myriad beyond DNA claims - Much ink has recently been spilled arguing that the PTO’s new guidelines go further than they should, and that Myriad’s reasoning should not be applied to proteins, cells,...more

Update From the May 9, 2014 USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines Forum

On May 9, 2014, the USPTO hosted a forum to receive public feedback on the patent subject matter eligibility guidance for examiners circulated on March 4, 2014. The USPTO heard formal presentations from ten speakers...more

Reaction to Supreme Court's Decision in AMP v. Myriad

It has been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., holding that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent...more

The Supreme Court Nixes Claims to Isolated Genomic DNA

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that claims to isolated genomic DNA are not patentable subject matter and thus invalid. This decision rendered invalid patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics as well as thousands of patent...more

Myriad Genetic Database Under Siege

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider the patent-eligibility of claims to isolated human DNA in AMP v. Myriad Genetics this morning, another aspect of Myriad’s control over BRCA testing technology is being contested. ...more

Can You Patent Human Genes? ACLU Says No [Video]

April 12 (Bloomberg Law) -- On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. The case centers on whether patents may be granted on...more

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