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CAFC Holds Sequenom’s Prenatal DNA Patent Claims Eligible Under 101

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has reversed a district court decision finding certain claims of two patents covering prenatal DNA testing patent ineligible. The CAFC held that “the claimed methods utilize the natural phenomenon that the inventors discovered by employing physical process steps” and thus were patent-eligible. The patents at issue in the case acknowledge but are not related to the patented invention held invalid in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., 788 F.3d 1371, 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2015). The opinion was authored by Judge Lourie, with Judge Reyna dissenting.

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