Judge Rules Stanford’s HIV Test Patents Obvious

Law360, New York (May 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has invalidated three Stanford University HIV-monitoring patents that the university asserted in a patent infringement suit against Roche Molecular Systems Inc.

Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted Roche’s bid for summary judgment on Thursday after finding Stanford’s patents invalid due to obviousness.

Stanford’s patents, issued between 1999 and 2006, involve correlating measurements of HIV nucleic acids obtained by a polymerase chain reaction assay to determine whether or not a particular AIDS therapy is...
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