Monday, December 3, 2012

Supreme Court Preserves District Court Challenges to USPTO Decisions

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that the ability of a patent applicant to present evidence to a District Court regarding a decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is limited only by the general rules regarding admissibility of evidence. The Court also ruled that a District Court should review USPTO decisions where new evidence is presented de novo. A contrary view was advanced by the USPTO.

Supreme Court to Decide if Isolated Human Genes Are Patentable

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted review of a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirming that isolated human genes are eligible for patent protection. The Court granted review of a single question:
Are human genes patentable?