Items Tagged ‘Prometheus’

January 16, 2012

Blood-Test Patents Debated at High Court as Einstein Invoked

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U.S. Supreme Court justices grappled with the reach of federal patent law, touching on both fire- building techniques and Albert Einstein’s discoveries during arguments over diagnostic medical tests. Today’s one-hour session, which centered on a dispute between Nestle SA’s Prometheus unit and the Mayo Clinic, produced few clear answers. BusinessWeek, by Greg Stohr, 12/2011 Additional […]

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December 19, 2011

Medical Mind Control

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

The ACLU rarely involves itself with patent cases, so it was surprising when the civil liberties group filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to invalidate a patent in the case of Mayo v. Prometheus. Mainstream press coverage portrayed the dispute between two medical testing labs as a mundane argument over “individualized medicine,” but […]

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December 12, 2011

Blood-Test Patents Debated at High Court as Einstein Invoked

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

U.S. Supreme Court justices grappled with the reach of federal patent law, touching on both fire- building techniques and Albert Einstein’s discoveries during arguments over diagnostic medical tests. Today’s one-hour session, which centered on a dispute between Nestle SA’s Prometheus unit and the Mayo Clinic, produced few clear answers. BusinessWeek, by Greg Stohr, 12/12/11 Additional […]

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December 8, 2011

Supreme Court considers patents for ‘personal medicine’ tailored to individual patients

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With researchers looking more and more for ways to tailor drugs and tests to each patient’s needs, the Supreme Court on Wednesday considered how far companies can go to protect their profits in the burgeoning “personal medicine” field. The justices heard from lawyers from the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which wants the court to throw out […]

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December 8, 2011

Opinion: Hold the Mayo

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Here’s food—make that junk food—for thought: What if the Supreme Court blew up patent protection for innovation, while also harming biomedical progress? Nothing less is at stake in Mayo v. Prometheus, which the High Court hears tomorrow. At issue is a diagnostic test that targets therapies for immune-related gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease. One recent […]

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December 6, 2011

Medical-Testing Industry Heads to the Supreme Court

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The growing medical-testing industry goes before the Supreme Court this week in a patent case that pits the Mayo Clinic against a company trying to protect its diagnostic tests. Companies are patenting more tests that help doctors set drug dosages or determine whether a person can benefit from a particular treatment. Screening tests that identify […]

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November 22, 2011

Supreme Court case could end costly patent trolling

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in December that could have major implications for the future of American business and a significant impact on companies in the Rochester area. The Mayo Clinic is being sued by a company called Prometheus Laboratories, which owns a patent for a method of diagnosing patients. […]

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October 30, 2009

The Mayo Clinic Petitions the Supreme Court regarding Medical Method Patent

By Kelley Luckstein KelleyLuckstein

As a patent attorney, born and raised in Rochester, MN, and having received life saving surgery and medical care from the Mayo Clinic, I am particularly interested in a current petition for Supreme Court to hear a medical method patent case in which the Mayo Clinic is challenging the patent eligibility of Prometheus Labs‘ U.S. […]

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