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Isolated DNA Unpatentable but cDNA Patentable, Holds Supreme Court

Ass’n for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics
By Alex Shank – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that “a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated.” However, “cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.” Id. The Court thus affirmed in part and reversed in part the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s prior opinion upholding the patent eligibility of isolated DNA.

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Posted On Jun - 25 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Kathleen McGuinness

Google News Becomes Opt-In in Germany

Federal Circuit Rules that Software Patent Is Not an “Abstract Idea”

Tokyo Court Rules for Apple, Against Samsung in Bounce-Back Patent Dispute

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Posted On Jun - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Court Dismisses Monsanto Case

Organic Seed Growers v. Monsanto
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Jennifer Wong

The Federal Circuit dismissed a declaratory judgment action against Monsanto for lack of jurisdiction. Monsanto’s assurances constituted a legally binding disclaimer not to sue in cases of inadvertent contamination by their patented seeds. Since the plaintiffs had not removed themselves from the disclaimer’s protection, any “case or controversy” was moot.

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Posted On Jun - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Kathleen McGuinness

Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Message Monitoring Requires Warrant

Google Announces Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge

Legal Challenges to “Stingray” Surveillance Devices Continue to Grow

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Posted On Apr - 2 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Balances Privacy Rights Against Law Enforcement in DNA Collection Case

Maryland v. King
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Pio Szamel

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Maryland v. King, a challenge to the constitutionality of warrantless DNA sampling of persons arrested for serious crimes. If the policy is found to be unconstitutional, twenty-eight other states and the federal government face potential invalidation of similar laws.

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Posted On Mar - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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