Category Archives: Patentable Subject Matter

Ex Parte Nagy – The Reach of the Mayo/Alice Rule Exceeds Its Grasp?

The final rejection of the claims of Nagy’s application Serial No. 14/223,113 was affirmed by the PTAB on July 30, 2018 (Appeal 2017-008793). One of the “representative” claims was directed to the holy grail of diagnostics – the early diagnosis … Continue reading

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Interval Licensing v. AOL — Judge Plager’s Concurring Dissent

The majority of the panel in Interval Licensing v AOL, Appeal no. 2016-2502, -05, -06, -07 (Fed. Cir., July 20, 2018) affirmed the district court’s finding that claims 15-18 of U.S. Pat. No. 6,788,314 are invalid as attempting to claim … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit Circumvents Mayo/Alice Rule in Vanda v. West-Ward

After Cleveland Clinic, IP practitioners were left to speculate about the fate of claims directed to methods of medical treatment. These claims seemed next in line for extinction by the Mayo/Alice rule, which I will paraphrase: “If a patent claim … Continue reading

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Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo (D. Mass., August 4, 2017) – “That’s all,” She Wrote.

Please read my recent post about stage 1 of this proceeding, in which the Judge in 2016 found that the claims to diagnosing Myasthemia Gravis (MG) by adding MuSk to a patient sample and detecting any IgG autoantibody complexes that … Continue reading

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