The Walls are Closing In - The Bleak Future of Claims Reciting Natural Correlations and Products of Nature

Date: October 17, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online 

Dr. Warren Woessner, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Dr. Leslie Fischer, Novartis
Dr. Hans Sauer, BIO   

Who should attend: 

Technology transfer professionals managing life science technologies.

Course description: Post-Ariosa, the district courts and the Federal Circuit have increasingly used this decision to justify application of the Mayo/Alice rule to deny the patentability of claims directed to diagnostic methods and products of nature. Apart from the CellzDirect decision, which was characterized as a new method of making freeze/thaw resistant cells, the Court has been resistant to allowing diagnostic claims that arise from the discovery of a naturally occurring correlations. In Meriel, and in Cleveland Clinic, the diagnostic conclusions were dismissed as being no more than natural phenomenon, detected and evaluated using “routine steps”. The court has reiterated that the “inventive concept” required by the Mayo/Alice Rule cannot be provided by recognition of the importance of a natural correlation, even while recognizing that the rule renders many important advances in diagnostic medicine patent-ineligible. At least one district court has held that claims to unit dosage forms of naturally occurring compounds, such as vitamins, are patent-ineligible attempts to claim natural products. While the Patent Office continues to allow method of treatment claims, it may not be long before the Federal Circuit takes another look at Myriad and bans these claims as well.

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Attendees Will Learn...

  • The current state, and possible future, of patenting inventions reciting "natual laws"
  • Recent case law and proposals to legislatively amend section 101 of the patent statute

Registration Fees

AUTM Member $150.00
Non-Member $190.00

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