Fish & Richardson's U.S. Supreme Court Mayo Clinic Case Named "2013 Impact Patent Case of the Year" by LMG Life Sciences

Oct 11, 2013, 09:00 ET from Fish & Richardson

BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson announced today that LMG Life Sciences has named its high profile U.S. Supreme Court win for Mayo Clinic in Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs one of two "2013 Impact Patent Cases of the Year."  Fish won the unanimous 9-0 decision at the U.S. Supreme Court for long-time client Mayo Clinic in March 2012 after eight years of hard-fought patent litigation with Prometheus Laboratories.  The Court ruled in Mayo Clinic's favor that Prometheus' two broad drug monitoring patents were invalid and not patent eligible.

Prometheus' patents had claimed a monopoly over naturally occurring correlations between metabolites of commonly used drugs and the toxicity or efficacy of those drugs, without specifying any concrete use of this correlation.  In effect, the patents would have restricted the right to simply observe a natural phenomenon, i.e., a physician who even thinks about how a patient's body reacts when certain drugs and dosages are ingested could have infringed the patents.

"We are honored to see this case recognized for the significant implications it has had on not only intellectual property law, but on the ability of medical institutions like Mayo to provide optimal care to patients.  We are pleased that this decision is a positive one for medical research and patient care," said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Litigation Practice Group Leader at Fish.

Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP).  Founded in 1878, Fish's early clients included Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers.  The firm has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and commercial litigation.  Fish is consistently singled out for its superior technical expertise and great results, and has been named the top patent litigation firm in the country for nine consecutive years, the number one IP firm for America's biggest companies, and an elite top tier law practice.  For more information, visit or follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.

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