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Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Supreme Court Case involving: patents, DNA, medical industryBackground: A research firm that engages in genetic interpretation, Myriad Genetics, Inc., obtained patents on two “isolated” forms of genes. These genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are known to have mutations that suggest a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women. In order to analyze… Read More»

Bowman v. Monsanto Co.

Supreme Court Case involving: patents, bioengineering, biotechnology, agriculture industryBackground: Farmers who buy seeds from Monsanto, such as the soybeans containing the Roundup Ready gene which makes plants immune to the herbicide Roundup, must sign an agreement with the company not to save the seeds. This ensures that farmers who want… Read More»

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett

Supreme Court Case involving: pharmaceuticals, FDA regulation, medical industryBackground: In 2004, a New Hampshire woman, Karen Bartlett, took Mutual Pharmaceutical Co.’s generic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, sulindac. Bartlett suffered a known, but rare, skin hypersensitivity reaction. It was extremely severe and ultimately left here severely disfigured as two-thirds of her body was covered in… Read More»

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Supreme Court Case involving: copyright, importing/exporting, publishing industryBackground: Supap Kirtsaeng came from Thailand to the United States in 1997 to study at Cornell and later at the University of Southern California. While in the United States, Kirtsaeng had friends and family in Thailand buy copies of textbooks, where they were sold at a… Read More»

Gunn v. Minton

Supreme Court Case involving: patents, licensing, malpracticeBackground: Vernon Minton developed a computer program intended to make securities trading easier, known as TEXCEN, and then leased the system to a securities brokerage in 1995. In 2000, he obtained a patent for his invention and then, represented by Jerry Gunn, he filed a patent-infringement lawsuit… Read More»

Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.

Supreme Court Case involving: trademarks, business promisesBackground: In July 2009, Nike, Inc. filed suit against Already, LLC for selling shoes similar to its Air Force 1 shoe, a design with multiple federal trademarks owned by Nike. In November 2009, Already, LLC counterclaimed to cancel Nike’s trademark. In a move to avoid further… Read More»

Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis

Supreme Court Case involving: patents, antitrust law, pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, FTC, medical industryBackground: Developing new drugs is an expensive and time consuming process that involves years of research and the investment of large sums of money in preclinical and clinical trials. Pharmaceutical companies make much less money as soon as their patents run out and generic… Read More»