October 29th, 2009

Mayo v. Prometheus: Medical Methods and Patentable Subject Matter at the Supreme Court

By Kelley Luckstein

The Mayo Clinic has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its case challenging the patentable subject matter of Prometheus Labs' patents that cover a method of optimizing the dosing of a drug. U.S. Patents 6,355,623 and 6,680,302

 

The invention basically offers an iterative approach to dosing that involves three steps: (1) administer a drug to a subject; (2) then determine the level of drug in the subject; and (3) decide whether the next dose should be the same, higher, or lower.

 

PatentlyO, 10/28/09

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