Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Prometheus Laboratories

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 […]

Five Questions for Personal Genomics in 2010

Death, taxes and January prediction columns: these things are inevitable. So what? A new year offers a convenient—if arbitrary—time to review the year that was and contemplate what lies ahead. Without further ado, here are five of the questions the Genomics Law Report is asking as we kick off 2010. 1. Will the $1,000 genome […]

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 […]

Biotech Patents under Attack from Two More Angles

Two developments this month have underscored the breadth of dissatisfaction with the current state of biotechnology patenting, even as the court weighs a summary judgment motion in the pending ACLU-sponsored litigation against Myriad Genetics’ breast cancer gene patents. First, on October 2, 2009, the American Medical Association and four other medical organizations interested in genetic […]

Prometheus and Medical Methods Patents

On September 16 the Federal Circuit decided a patent case called Prometheus Laboratories Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services (pdf). Prometheus sued Mayo for infringing two patents on a method of optimizing drug therapy for autoimmune diseases. The question in the case was whether the method met the patentable subject matter standard of section 101 of […]