Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ACLU petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As predicted, the plaintiffs have petitioned the Supreme Court to review the CAFC decision reported here . The grounds for the petition include the failure of the CAFC to properly apply the decision in Mayo to the facts of the Myriad case. Given the split in the CAFC, and the Supreme Court's own admonition that the CAFC ought to have reconsidered their decision in light of Mayo, it would be highly surprising if they don't decide to take this up next term. Expect more posturing and puffery from those who promote patenting products of nature as the Supreme Court considers the petition and opposing submissions. The fact is, patent attorneys who have made profits by helping corporations to monopolize what cannot justly be monopolized are terrified that the Supreme Court might do the right thing and finally end this practice. I think their fears are justified. A careful reading of Mayo and recent decisions by the Supreme Court on patent matters seems to show a trend against those who contend that one can patent anything simply by drawing artful claims.