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My Myriad Nightmare

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its unanimous decision reversing the Federal Circuit decision in Prometheus, it is expected to decide the petition for certiorari in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (the ACLU ”gene patenting”/BRCAI case), as early as Monday (March 26). Many are predicting that the Court will issue a “GVR” to … Continue reading this entry

More On Myriad: Judge Moore's Concurrence

I wrote previously on the apparent scientific basis for the differing opinions of Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson on the patent-eligibility of isolated genomic DNA claims in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO. Here, I look at Judge Moore’s concurring opinion, which appears to agree in principal with Judge Bryson’s legal analysis, but places more emphasis … Continue reading this entry

More On Myriad: The Chemical Divide--Judge Bryson

As I wrote previously, one interesting aspect of the recent Federal Circuit decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO, is the apparent scientific basis for the differing opinions of Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson on the patent-eligibility of isolated genomic DNA claims. Unlike many concurring and dissenting opinions that are spurred by a different view of the law, Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson also appear to part ways based on different views of the science. In this second part of a three-part series, I focus on the views of Judge Bryson. … Continue reading this entry

More On Myriad: The Chemical Divide--Judge Lourie

One interesting aspect of the recent Federal Circuit decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO, is the apparent scientific basis for the differing opinions of Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson on the patent-eligibility of isolated genomic DNA claims. Unlike many concurring and dissenting opinions that are spurred by a different view of the law, Judge Lourie and Judge Bryson also appear to part ways based on different views of the science. In this first part of a three-part series, I focus on the views of Judge Lourie. … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Issues Mixed Decision On Myriad Claims

On July 29, 2011, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO, also known as the ACLU/Myriad “gene patenting” case. In a mixed decision, the court held that “isolated DNA” claims are patent-eligible under 35 USC § 101, but that the “comparing” or “analyzing” method claims are not. With a … Continue reading this entry

Judge Dyk Doubts Patent-Eligibility of DNA Claims

In a case that did not present the issue, Judge Dyk wrote a separate opinion to express his views that a claim directed to “[a]n isolated DNA molecule” “raises substantial issues of patentable subject matter under 35 USC § 101.” The issues on appeal in Intervet Inc. v. Merial Ltd., related to claim construction and … Continue reading this entry