1 January 2012PatentsPaul Sutton

Surprise patent setback stuns biotech

The US Supreme Court, on March 20, unanimously invalidated a broad medical diagnostic patent owned by the Prometheus Laboratories Inc unit of Nestle SA and asserted in a patent infringement lawsuit against Mayo Collaborative Services (doing business as Mayo Medical laboratories), thereby giving a significant victory to the medical profession (Mayo v Prometheus, 566 US [2012]).

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