Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Patent Docs

House Introduces Patent Reform Proposal to Permit Second Opinions in Genetic Diagnostic Testing

When we last checked in on the state of patent reform back in March, the Senate had just passed the America Invents Act (S.23) or, as it is more commonly known, the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (pdf) by an overwhelming 95-5 vote. Following its passage in the Senate, the legislation promptly stalled in the House […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bilski and Biotechnology: The Supremes Speak Up

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Bilski case yesterday (pdf of full transcript). The Justices’ questions evinced unmitigated hostility to Bilski’s claim on a method of hedging commodities risks, and to business method patents generally. Detailed analysis of the oral argument is available from ScotusBlog, Patent Docs and Blawg IT. The decision in […]

A Court Ruling in the ACLU v. Myriad Gene Patent Litigation, But We’re Still A Long Way From A Gene Patent Resolution

For nearly six months the Genomics Law Report has been covering the developments in the ACLU-instigated lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, the University of Utah and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In late July, Myriad and its co-defendants filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit. Yesterday, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of […]