Medical Device Daily Article Quotes Loring on 2010 Patent Issues

December 31, 2010
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Ropes & Gray IP litigation partner Denise Loring was quoted in the Dec. 23 issue of Medical Device Daily in an article on patent issues moving through the federal circuit courts as the year came to a close.

Quoted at length on a number of cases, Loring addressed aspects of Therasense v. Becton Dickinson and Prometheus v. Mayo Collaborative Services as well as application of the machine-or-transformation test to pharmaceutical method claims.

When asked whether the U.S. Supreme Court would be likely to take up the issue of diagnostic test claims, Loring said, “If I had to bet, I would bet they’re not going to take these cases” at this time.  When asked the best way to insure patentability of diagnostic test claims, Loring said, “You have to try to tie your claims to ways of treating patients,” to avoid headaches, she said. “Treating patients is always transformative.”

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