Methods of medical treatment held patent eligible

Australia’s highest court has recently confirmed that patents are available for the broad grounds of methods of medical treatment. In Apotex Pty Ltd v Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd, Sanofi had been granted a patent for a new use of a known medical compound leflumonide. The new use was in the treatment of a variant of

High Court confirms patentability of methods of medical treatment

Consideration of what constitutes patentable subject matter has been a recurring theme in both Australian and US courts this year: In Australia, the Federal Court has considered the patentability of genetic/biological material (Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc) as well as software and business methods (Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents) In the US, the Supreme