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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 11:06 PM

6. Top court rules against two diagnostic patents

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/20/us-mayo-prometheus-patent-idUSBRE82J0NV20120320

The Supreme Court rejected two patents on a method for monitoring a patient's blood to determine the best drug dosage, a decision that may affect the profitability of personalized medicine.

The justices unanimously overturned on Tuesday a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that allowed the patents for Nestle SA unit Prometheus, the high court saying companies could not patent observations about a natural phenomenon.

The patent challenge, brought by a unit of the Mayo Clinic, had been closely watched because it could affect the burgeoning field of personalized medicine, which can also involve determining whether a patient is genetically susceptible to a disease or which patient would respond best to which treatment.

The Supreme Court's opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, concluded that Prometheus' process for monitoring a patient, and adjusting dosage as needed, was not patent-eligible.

AND NOW, BIG PHARMA IS SHOCKED...SHOCKED, I SAY, THAT THEIR BRIBES DIDN'T SUFFICE TO CARRY THE DAY...

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