Big ten: key court decisions of the year


Big ten: key court decisions of the year

WIPR takes a look at what IP practitioners and commentators have said are some of the most influential court cases to have been decided over the last 12 months.

Association for Molecular Pathology et al v US Patent and Trademark Office et al

In a case widely-tipped to be heard by the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that DNA inventions could be patented.

The American Civil Liberties Union wanted pharmaceutical company Myriad Genetics’ patents for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes to be invalidated because, it argued, they were incorrectly granted in terms of composition and method.

2011, court decisions