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Bradley Loren

has been working as a summer clerk at McAndrews, Held & Malloy since June 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University in April 2018 and currently attends Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Recent Articles by Bradley Loren

Rethinking the Way We Patent Diagnostics

The 2012 Supreme Court decision in Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs changed the landscape for patenting diagnostic inventions in the United States. Patent eligibility/ineligibility in the United States stems from two sources: (1) 35 U.S.C. § 101, and (2) judicially-created exclusions, including laws of nature, natural phenomena, abstract ideas, and mental processes. In Mayo, the Supreme Court struck down method of treatment claims for being directed to a law of nature. While Mayo did not create this exclusion, it significantly expanded its applicability to diagnostic-based inventions. This paper explores Federal Circuit case law on patent eligibility of diagnostic-based inventions since the Mayo decision, as well as provides practical guidance on drafting diagnostic patent claims in light of these decisions.