Recent IP News

No Patent Infringement When Exporting One Component of a Multi-Component Medical Test Kit

The patent law prohibits exporting from the US "all or a substantial portion of the components of a patented invention" for assembly abroad. Promega licensed a patent for a genetic testing kit. In turn, Promega sublicensed the patent to Life Technologies who manufactured all but one component of the kit in the UK. The one component was made in the US and shipped to the UK where it was combined with the other components to make the kits. Read more...

Electronically Transferring Medical Records is Not Patentable

Dr. Salwan filed a patent application for transferring electronic medical records (EMR) in a physician-patient network. Network users could also schedule appointments, watch educational videos, and submit insurance claims. Read more...

Doctor May Not Avoid Patent Infringement, Even if Patient Required to Practice Invention

In Eli Lilly v. Teva, the former owned a patent to a method of administering a chemotherapy drug. The patent required treatment with folic acid and vitamin B12 before receiving the chemotherapy. Read more...

FDA is Not a Prior Inventor of Patented Invention

During the FDA approval process, Cumberland Pharmaceutical told the FDA that the absence of a stabilizing agent in its drug would raise concerns about safety and efficacy. The FDA requested justification for including the stabilizing agent. Upon approval, the FDA reminded Cumberland of its promise to evaluate the drug without the stabilizing agent. Read more...

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