Sanity at last: Prometheus Bound Back to his Rock
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
Art Unit: 1645 Ex Parte McBride et al 12/377,926
"The facts distinguish the present case from Funk Brothers, where the claims were directed to the mere packaging of a plurality of selected, naturally occurring strains of different bacteria that were mutually non- inhibitive. Here, the individual components are bound together to form an immunogenic unit that is not naturally occurring. Here, the "discovery is not nature's handiwork" and "accordingly it is patentable subject matter under § 101." Diamond v. Chakrabar, 447 U.S. 303, 310 (1980). Here, the polynucleotide (or antibody) and either the solid support or the detectable label are bound together"