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Methods For Using Natural Compounds Can Be Patent-Eligible

Law360 (May 6, 2019, 3:26 PM EDT) -- On March 15, 2019, in Natural Alternatives International Inc. v. Creative Compounds LLC,[1] the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a judgment on the pleadings holding patent claims directed to methods of administering the naturally occurring compound beta-alanine to increase anaerobic working activity of muscles and other tissues invalid for claiming patent ineligible subject matter § 101[2] and remanded the case back to the district court.

In reversing the district court, the Federal Circuit found that Creative Compounds had failed to demonstrate that the asserted claims were patent-ineligible in view of Natural Alternatives’ proposed claim constructions.

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