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Biotech Institute's Growing Patent Portfolio -- U.S. Patent No. 9,095,554 and the Path Forward

As with any billion dollar market, patents are an important consideration for the cannabis industry. Despite its current classification as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, however, the U.S. Patent and...more

Biotech Patent Applications May be Eligible to Receive Benefits From Ongoing USPTO Initiatives

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A pair of ongoing USPTO initiatives, Patents for Humanity and Patents 4 Patients, offer incentives that certain biotechnology patent applications may be eligible for. Patents for Humanity is open to patents and applications...more

Bioquark Seeks to Reverse Brain Death

Last year, two biotech companies announced that they had received institutional review board (IRB) approval for a study focused on the clinical intervention of brain death in humans. The study, entitled "Non-randomized,...more

PTAB Finds Personalized Treatment Claims Unpatentable under Mayo

On August 14, 2017, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision in Ex parte Ramsey, an unfavorable decision to applicants seeking to obtain claims directed to personalized medicine inventions. ...more

Mayo at Five: Eligibility of Diagnostic Method Claims

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Just over five years ago, the Supreme Court began reshaping the concept of patent-eligible subject matter in the life sciences with its decision in Mayo v Prometheus. Decisions following Mayo – from the Supreme Court to the...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - June 2017

Revocation Proceedings Around the World - Mechanisms to challenge the validity of granted patents are available in many countries throughout the world. The June 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent Prosecution...more

Why Design Patents Are Surviving Post-Grant Challenges

As of January 2017, the institution rate for Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials involving design patents was 37 percent. That is significantly lower than every other technology area and makes design patents the only...more

USPTO Files Response Brief in In re Janssen Biotech, Inc. & New York University

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has now filed its response brief in In re: Janssen Biotech, Inc., New York University, No. 2017-1257 (Fed. Cir.), the Federal Circuit appeal involving U.S. Patent No....more

Top 5 Patent Red Flags in Life Sciences Due Diligence

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Since IP represents 75 to 90% of the value of life science transactions, due diligence is a critical component of the valuation process....more

Not Just a Formality? USPTO Sequence Rules May Impact Existing Biotech Portfolios

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Patent applications containing nucleic acid or protein sequences are required to include an electronic sequence listing using a required format and standard symbols. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

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Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay...more

Court Report - August 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Lee - 1:16-cv-00852; filed July 1, 2016 in the Eastern District of...more

Federal Circuit Holds Claims to Cell Freezing Methods to Be Patent-Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that claims reciting methods for cryopreserving hepatocytes in U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 ("the '929 patent") are eligible for patenting. The decision vacated a lower court's holding...more

Federal Circuit Offers Path Through Section 101 Thicket for Biotech Method Patents

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In its July 5, 2016 decision in Rapid Litigation Management Ltd and In Vitro, Inc. v. CellzDirect, Inc. and Invitrogen Corp., the Federal Circuit held that patent claims directed to an improved method of cryopreserving...more

New Patent Office Initiative Provides a Boost to Cancer Immunotherapy Patent Applications

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On June 29, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is implementing a pilot program to more quickly review patent applications related to treating cancer using immunotherapy. This...more

Seeking Shelter From the Patent Eligibility Storm: Does the DTSA Provide Sanctuary?

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For many charged with the development of intellectual property portfolios in the life sciences and software industries, navigating the stormy waters of patent eligibility has recently proven difficult. U.S. Supreme Court and...more

IP Developments In Biotechnology And Trade Secrets

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2016 has been a year of IP changes and these changes have had an effect upon biotechnology as well as trade secrets. Patents: Will the U.S. Supreme Court Grant Cert. In Ariosa v. Sequenom? Ariosa v. Sequenom was...more

USPTO Issues Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2015 report begins by...more

Farewell the ten sequences rule. The new MPEP disposes of the old §803.04 rule.

The latest MPEP revisions make a variety of changes. Most of the attention has focused on changes to examination procedures for 35 U.S.C. §101, for the obvious reason that this is an aspect of the law that has been in...more

3D Printing Partnership: 3D Medical Limited to Acquire Mach7 Technologies

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3D Medical Limited (ASX: 3DM) recently announced that it has entered into a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) to purchase 100% of shares issued in Mach7 Technologies. According to the agreement, 3D Medical will issue 460...more

Can we patent products found in nature? It's complicated. An update on Australia's Myriad decision...

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It remains to be seen if this new Myriad decision in Australia will be extended as it was in the U.S. to prevent virtually any product found in nature from being patented....more

Australian High Court Rules Gene Patents Unpatentable

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Like the United States Supreme Court, the High Court of Australia has determined that Myriad’s patents directed to purified and isolated DNA molecules encoding the BRCA genes are unpatentable. Indeed, the Australian Court...more

News from Abroad: High Court Rules Myriad's BRCA Genes Not Patentable Subject Matter in Australia

Just over one year after the Full Federal Court of Australia unanimously upheld an earlier Federal Court decision that naturally occurring nucleic acid molecules are patentable in Australia, the High Court of Australia has...more

Australia High Court Rules Against Gene Patents

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Colleagues in Australia have been spreading the bad news: The High Court of Australia followed the lead (?) of the U.S. Supreme Court and determined that Myriad cannot patent the isolated BRCA1 gene in Australia. Thanks to...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: BIO and PhRMA

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

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