Supreme Court Rules in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in the very controversial case of Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. that began hearing arguments in September of last year.

By unanimous decision, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and stated, “We conclude that the patent claims at issue here effectively claim the underlying laws of nature themselves. The claims are consequently invalid,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote.  He went on to further state that “one must do more than simply state the law of nature while adding the words `apply it.’”

Many that have been closely following the case feel that the ruling will hinder, not encourage medical research, and Prometheus had this to add: “Without the availability of patent protection, future healthcare will suffer as companies may opt out of new research and development.”

To read the Supreme Court’s opinion, visit here.

For more information on this case, visit here.




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