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NEW YORK (360Dx) – A federal court last week dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Athena Diagnostics and others against the Mayo Clinic, saying the patent at the center of the dispute applies routine and conventional techniques to a law of nature.

The decision by the US District Court District of Massachusetts is the latest in a small handful of influential decisions rendered by the courts in recent years that have found that methods and technologies claimed by test makers cannot be patented for a similar reason.

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