Supreme Court Tosses LabCorp Appeal

Law360, New York (June 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent holders breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed without reaching a decision the appeal of Laboratory Corp. in America v. Metabolite Laboratories, a case that raises the issue of subject-matter patentability.

No elaboration was provided by the five affirming justices as to why the High Court would not decide the legal issues in one of the most closely watched patent cases in recent history.

Justices Breyer, Stevens and Souter issued a 15-page dissent, saying the writ should not have been...
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