Posts Tagged: life sciences


It is already too late, but we still have time

“If companies were to lobby to allow for more polluting most people would think that is unethical,” Lauder explained. But there are people lobbying to make it …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 31

Ariosa Liable for $26 Million in Lost Profits for Infringing Two Blood Test Patents

A jury verdict awarded more than $26 million to a group of plaintiffs including San Diego, CA-based gene analysis firm Illumina, Inc. The jury found that Ariosa Diagnostics …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

The Immunotherapy Patent Landscape: Types of patent claims for immunotherapeutic inventions

Immunotherapy has emerged as one of the most promising mechanisms to combat diseases like cancer and microbial infections. Since 2000, multiple antibody drugs have reached blockbuster status, including …

Why NIH/Industry Partnerships Matter: Ask an HIV patient

Those who believe that patents aren't important or that companies would undertake the rigors of commercial development with only non-exclusive licenses don't understand the realities facing innovators …
By Joseph Allen
12 months ago 1

America’s patent system favors low tech, not groundbreaking innovation

As you read about the truly mind-numbing stupidity coming from decision makers, whether it is MRI machines declared to be abstract ideas or diagnostics for various forms …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 7

Patenting Costs in ASEAN: Upcoming Global Economic Powerhouse

Founded in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional organization that aims to “accelerate economic growth, …

Brexit Implications: A decision that will have significant effect on the IP and IT markets

This decision will continue to have a significant effect on the IP/IT market which has been governed by so many EU Regulations and Directives in the …
By Sally Shorthose
2 years ago 0

Federal Circuit gives patent eligibility relief to life sciences sector

The Federal Circuit, with Chief Judge Prost writing for the majority, joined by Judge Moore and Judge Stoll, vacated and remanded the case after ruling that the ‘929 …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 31

USPTO Provides Updates to Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On its face, the new guidance seems to urge examiners to develop well-reasoned, substantive rejections rather than conclusory rejections which provide little basis for applicants to advance …

Teaching Points from the New USPTO Life Sciences Examples

On May 6, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released new life science examples on subject matter eligibility (Examples 28-32, consecutively numbered after the previously released USPTO …
By Elena S. Polovnikova
2 years ago 2

Putting the pieces together on how to cure Alzheimer’s

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disorder of the human brain which over time reduces a person’s cognitive abilities to …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

SCOTUS Blog founder asks Supreme Court to reconsider Mayo ruling in Sequenom v. Ariosa

This is as straightforward a certiorari candidate as any patent case can be. It is manifestly important: A host of judges and amici have stressed that the …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 16

VRC01 and broadly neutralizing antibodies are increasing options for HIV/AIDS treatments

Proteins like VRC01 are referred to as broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs), a type of broad spectrum antibody which is effective in treating against infections of viruses with …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 0

History Repeating Itself at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently decided to review a pair of cases that challenge the Federal Circuit’s willful infringement test. The two cases, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. …
By Alex M. Grabowski
3 years ago 1

Thoughts on Ex parte Khvorova

Ex parte Khvorova is the first PTAB decision on patent eligibility in the life sciences. Until now, the PTAB has been remarkably silent on eligibility in life …
By Sue D. Nym
3 years ago 9