23andMe DNA Patent Invalid Under Mayo, Ancestry.com Says

By Dani Kass (July 2, 2018, 7:09 PM EDT) -- A 23andMe Inc. patent detailing a way of comparing two sets of DNA to find common ancestors covers natural phenomena that aren't eligible for patent protection under the U.S. Supreme Court's Mayo decision, Ancestry.com has told a California federal court in the hopes of ditching an infringement and false advertising suit.

U.S. Patent No. 8,463,554 details the "abstract and non-inventive steps" of collecting two sets of DNA, comparing them and finding a relationship based on naturally occurring phenomena, which is exactly the kind of patent shot down by the high court in Mayo and Alice, Ancestry said Friday in a motion...

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