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Myriad Genetics Says Supreme Court Of United States Remands Gene Patenting Case

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3/26/2012 12:49 PM ET

Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN: Quote) announced that the Supreme Court of the United States remanded the case of The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al., v. Myriad Genetics Inc., et al to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company said that as a result of this decision by the Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will reconsider their decision dated July 29, 2011, which upheld Myriad's gene patents.

In that decision, the Federal Circuit declared that the composition of matter claims covering isolated DNA of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are patent-eligible under Section 101 of the United States Patent Act.

"While, this case should not have any direct impact to Myriad and its operations because of our extensive patent estate, it has great importance to the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other commercial industries, as well as the hundreds of millions of people whose lives are bettered by the products these industries develop based on the promise of strong patent protection," said Peter Meldrum, President and CEO of Myriad Genetics.

"Thus, we are prepared to vigorously defend the patent claims granted to Myriad by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and believe that we will be successful," said Peter Meldrum.

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