Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: BIO

Weekly Roundup: Science Funding, DTC and Medical Device Caucusing

With so many developments at the intersection of genomics and the law, there are often a variety of interesting stories that, for one reason or another, don’t find their way into a full-length posting on the Genomics Law Report. Here we recap several recent key developments and, at bottom, round up all of the recent […]

Swine Soar Higher in Myriad Thanks to US Government’s Amicus Brief

This past March Judge Robert Sweet handed down an unexpected summary judgment ruling in the Myriad gene patent litigation (see: Pigs Fly: Federal Court Invalidates Myriad’s Patent Claims). Myriad quickly appealed Sweet’s district court decision to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). After several months of courtroom quiet, the briefs began rolling […]

Bilski and Biotech: Business As Usual, For Now

Earlier today the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in what some patent observers have termed “the most highly anticipated patent decision of all time“: Bilski v. Kappos (pdf). The Bilski case was widely watched not for the significance of the particular patent at issue but for the far-reaching effect on patent law that the case might have. Would […]

SACGHS Gene Patent Recommendations Still Controversial

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (SACGHS) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened again on Friday for a snow-shortened session. One of several items on the Committee’s agenda was a report that the GLR has covered several times (see here and here): Gene Patents and Licensing Practices and […]

Myriad Genetics, USPTO File Summary Judgment Motions in Gene Patent Case

Two of the defendants in Association for Molecular Pathology v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the frontal attack on Myriad Genetics’ breast cancer gene patents organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, have now filed their own summary judgment motions. (Click through to read the memorandum in support of Myriad Genetics’ motion (pdf) filed on December […]

Follow-on Biologics: How Much Incentive Do We Need?

After almost a full year of debate, a pathway for approving “follow-on biologics” or “biosimilars” continues to be a hot topic in Congress. We are all familiar with generic versions of brand-name drugs, and the federal regulatory scheme sets out well-defined shortcut procedures for approval of generics. Congress is now grappling with designing procedures for […]