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Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-398 Fed. Cir. Apr 15, 2013
Tr.Aud.
Jun 13, 2013 9-0 Thomas OT 2012

Holding: A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but synthetic complementary DNA ("cDNA") is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.

Judgment: Affirmed in part and reversed in part., 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on June 13, 2013. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Sep 25 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 31, 2012)
Oct 3 2012Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioners.
Oct 24 2012Brief amici curiae of National Women's Health Network, et al filed.
Oct 26 2012Brief amicus curiae of Academics in Law, Medicine, Health Policy and Clinical Genetics filed.
Oct 30 2012Brief amicus curiae of AARP filed.
Oct 30 2012Brief amici curiae of Cancer Council Australia, et al. filed.
Oct 31 2012Brief of respondents Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al. in opposition filed.
Oct 31 2012Brief amici curiae of Kali N. Murray and Erika R. George filed.
Oct 31 2012Brief amici curiae of Canavan Foundation, et al. filed.
Oct 31 2012Brief amici curiae of American Medical Association, et al. filed.
Nov 9 2012Reply of petitioners Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. filed.
Nov 13 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 30, 2012.
Nov 30 2012Petition GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.
Jan 2 2013Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioners.
Jan 3 2013The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including January 24, 2013.
Jan 3 2013The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including March 7, 2013.
Jan 24 2013Joint appendix filed. (2 volumes) (Statement of costs received).
Jan 24 2013Brief of petitioners Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. filed.
Jan 28 2013Brief amicus curiae of Juhasz Law Firm, P.C. in support of neither party filed.
Jan 29 2013Brief amici curiae of American Medical Association, et al. filed.
Jan 30 2013Brief amici curiae of GeneDx and Law Professors filed.
Jan 30 2013Brief amici curiae of National Women's Health Network, et al. filed.
Jan 30 2013Brief amicus curiae of Federation Internationale Des Conseils En Propriete Intellectuelle in support of neither party filed.
Jan 30 2013Brief amici curiae of Academics in Law, Medicine, Health Policy and Clinical Genetics in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of CLS Bank International in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of United States in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amici curiae of International Center for Technology Assessment, et al. filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Genformatic LLC filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of James D. Watson, Ph.D. in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amici curiae of Fifteen Law professors filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Sigram Schindler Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of AARP filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amici curiae of Kali N. Murray and Erika R. George filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Institute of Professional Representatives Before the European Patent Office (EPI) in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amici curiae of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Prof. D. Brian Scarnecchia filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Eric S. Lander in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of American Intellectual Property Law Association in support of neither party filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amici curiae of Canavan Foundation, et al. filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Professor Eileen M. Kane filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of Knowledge Ecology International filed.
Jan 31 2013Brief amicus curiae of InVitae Corporation filed.
Feb 11 2013SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, April 15, 2013
Feb 14 2013CIRCULATED
Mar 7 2013Brief of respondents Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 13 2013Brief amici curiae of Animal Health Institute and Merial Limited filed. (Distributed)
Mar 13 2013Brief amicus curiae of Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 13 2013Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Mar 13 2013Record received from U.S.C.A. for Federal Circuit. (3 boxes)
Mar 14 2013Brief amici curiae of Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Federal Circuit Bar Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of NanoBusiness Commercialization Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amici curiae of Genetech, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of CropLife International filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Coalition for 21st Century Medicine filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Target Discovery, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Boston Patent Law Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Immatics Biotechnologies, GmbH filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of National Venture Capital Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Dr. Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amici curiae of University of Baltimore/Johns Hopkins University Center for Medicine & Law, et al. filed.
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of MPEG LA, LLC filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of New York Intellectual Property Law Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of American Bar Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Amicus Brief Clinic of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Professor Jeffrey A. Lefstin filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Lynch Syndrome International filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Intellectual Property Owners Association filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amici curiae of Drs. Larry Geier, William Harb, Adam Ofer, and Donald Aptekar filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of InHouse Patent Counsel, LLC filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amici curiae of Gilead Sciences, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 14 2013Brief amicus curiae of Biotechnology Industry Organization filed. (Distributed)
Mar 15 2013Response of respondents' to motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Mar 18 2013Response of petitioners' to motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Apr 1 2013Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. and the time is to be divided as follows: 25 minutes for petitioners, 10 minutes for the Solicitor General, and 30 minutes for respondents.
Apr 2 2013Reply of petitioners Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 5 2013Record from U.S.D.C. for Southern District of New York is electronic.
Apr 15 2013Argued. For petitioners: Christopher A. Hansen, New York, N. Y. For United States, as amicus curiae: Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Gregory A Castanias, Washington, D. C.
Jun 13 2013Adjudged to be AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART. Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined, and in which Scalia, J., joined in part. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment.
Jul 15 2013JUDGMENT ISSUED.
Jul 29 2013Record returned to U.S.C.A. for Federal Circuit.
 
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