Ballard Spahr LLP: Justices Deny Patent Protection for Medical Process

By Mary Anthony Merchant , J. Gibson Lanier , and Scott D. Marty In one of the most anticipated IP cases on this year's docket, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a medical process for testing blood was not eligible for patent protection because the patent claims only recited laws of nature...

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione: Supreme Court Rules Certain Medical Method Patent Claims are Akin to "Laws of Nature" and Thus Not Patentable in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.

On March 20, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc ., No. 10-1150 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In a unanimous decision, the Court held that Prometheus' method claims were not eligible...