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Jun 14, 2015

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. - Another Diagnostic Patent Meets its End

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. (Ariosa) and Natera, Inc. (Natera) make and sell alternative non-invasive tests that compete with Sequenom's MaterniT21 test. Specifically, Ariosa sells the Harmony Test, a non-invasive test used for prenatal diagnosis of certain fetal characteristics, and Natera sells the Non-Invasive Paternity Test, which is used to confirm the paternity or non-paternity of a gestating fetus from genetic information in fetal DNA available in the blood of a pregnant female... In response to letters threatening claims of infringement, from December 2011 through early 2012, Ariosa and Natera each filed separate declaratory judgment actions against Sequenom alleging non-infringement of the '540 patent. Sequenom counterclaimed alleging infringement. Sequenom filed a motion seeking an preliminary injunction to enjoin Ariosa from selling the Harmony Prenatal test. In July 2012, the district court denied the motion finding that there was a substantial question over whether the subject matter of the asserted claims was directed to eligible subject matter. Sequenom appealed to the Federal Circuit.
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