Tag Archives: Companion Diagnostics

Gene Patents and Diagnostics: The Economics of Innovation

The increasing importance of genetic markers and diagnostic tests in the drug approval process and the delivery of health care requires consideration of who will underwrite the necessary research and development, Michael Hopkins and Stuart Hogarth argue in the recent issue of Nature Biotechnology. “Biomarker patents for diagnostics: problem or solution?” Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 30(6): … Continue reading this entry

Personalized Multiplex Test on Market

A multiplex test that can analyze tumors for over 200 genes is now available from Foundation Medicine Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported today. The test will be used by Novartis, Sanofi SA, Johnson & Johnson and Celgene to analyze patients in early-stage clinical trials of new cancer drugs to identify patients most likely to benefit from the drug and to … Continue reading this entry

Patent-Eligibility of Diagnostic Patents Reconsidered in Canada

The Canadian Patent Office released today practice guidelines regarding the patent-eligibility of medical diagnostic methods and medical methods. The practice guidance are in effect immediately and until further notice, and in place of any contrary guidance presently in the Canadian Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP, the Canadian equivalent to the US MPEP, setting forth … Continue reading this entry

Video Interview: Discussing Mayo v. Prometheus With LXBN TV

The other day I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN TV on the subject of Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. In the short interview, I explain the background of the case, offer my thoughts on why Prometheus’ patent wouldn’t have a detrimental impact on medical research and give my thoughts … Continue reading this entry

Speak UP - USPTO Seeking Comments on Second Opinion Genetic Tests

Today’s Federal Register includes a notice to the public inviting comments on independent second opinion genetic tests where patents and exclusive licenses exist that cover primary genetic diagnostic tests. The comments are collected for the purpose of preparing a report on the subject as required by Section 27 of the America Invents Act (“AIA”).  In … Continue reading this entry

Patent-Eligibility of Medical Methods Considered By U.S. Supreme Court

This post is co-authored by Antoinette F. Konski and Jacqueline D. Wright Bonilla The U.S. Supreme Court entertained oral argument today in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. The case is being closely monitored by the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and in particular those in the industry that patent diagnostic methods and companion diagnostics.  … Continue reading this entry

Making The Case for Personalized Medicine

The Personalized Medicine Coalition recently published the third edition of its state of the industry report, The Case for Personalized Medicine (“Report”). While the Coalition acknowledges greater adoption of the principles of personalized medicine by the health care industry and the public; technical, legal, regulatory and payor issues are highlighted for improvement to recognize the industry’s … Continue reading this entry

Subject Matter Jurisdiction Challenged in Supreme Court's Review of Mayo v. Prometheus

An international intellectual property association filed an amicus curie brief urging the U.S Supreme Court to dismiss the dispute and issue presented in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 131 S.Ct. 3027 (2011), arguing that the district court and Federal Circuit lacked subject matter jurisdiction. The amici argued that for reasons that are not … Continue reading this entry

USPTO - Seeking Comments On Patent Reform Bill

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is proactively seeking public comments on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), H.R. 1249, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 23, 2011, and currently pending before the U.S. Senate.  The AIA requires the USPTO to undertake a series of rulemakings to implement the Act.  Because … Continue reading this entry

FDA "Draft Guidance" for Companion Diagnostic Devices

On July 14, 2011, the FDA issued “Draft Guidance” relating to regulatory approval of in vitro companion diagnostic devices/tests, also called “IVD companion diagnostic devices.” The FDA intends the Guidance to assist those (1) who develop a therapeutic product that depends on the use of such a device/test for the product’s safe and effective use, and (2) … Continue reading this entry

Inducing Infringement of a Diagnostic Method: Consult the Supreme Court's New Test

The U.S. Supreme Court in Global-Tech Appliances Inc. v. SEB S.A., __ U.S. __ (2011) recently created a new test for inducement to infringe a patent claim. This is significant for patents in the medical diagnostic field and companion diagnostics where the patent holder may not wish to sue one who is literally infringing the patent, such as a hospital laboratory or medical doctor, but rather seek to enjoin or obtain monetary damages from the manufacturer of the laboratory test under the theory that selling the test to the laboratory or doctor was an inducement to infringe the patent. … Continue reading this entry