The question raised in the case brought by the Mayo Clinic against a patent held by Prometheus Laboratories is whether the claims embodied more than ordinary laws of nature, which are not patentable. The court issued a unanimous decision that the description did not add sufficient correlation between laws of nature and the process to be patented. While this finding was disappointing to the patent holder, which expressed concern that this will discourage companies from investing in research and development, the outcome clarifies the fact that claims must cover the innovations developed, not the laws of nature being applied.
Jeffrey Waldin has nearly twenty years of experience in regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of office processes and information systems. He has been involved with AUTM since 2003, and acted as an early stage judge from the AUTM Venture Forum competition for the last two years. He has also been involved with SRA since 2003, and has served on the Education and Professional Development Committee for the past two years. Jeffrey has been with InfoEd Global for twelve years, for the last nine as the Product Manager responsible for intellectual property and conflict of interest management.