No. 10-1150.

132 S.Ct. 1289 (2012)

182 L.Ed.2d 321

MAYO COLLABORATIVE SERVICES, dba Mayo Medical Laboratories, et al., Petitioners v. PROMETHEUS LABORATORIES, INC.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 20, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephen M. Shapiro , Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioners.

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. , Solicitor General, for the United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court.

Richard P. Bress for Respondent.

Jonathan Singer , John Dragseth , Deanna Reichel , Fish & Richardson P.C., Minneapolis, MN, Stephen M. Shapiro , Counsel of Record, Timothy S. Bishop , Jeffrey W. Sarles , Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, IL, Eugene Volokh , Los Angeles, CA, Joseph M. Colaiano , James A. Rogers, III , Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Charles Rothfeld , Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C., for Petitioners.

Richard P. Bress , Counsel of Record, J. Scott Ballenger , Maximilian A. Grant , Matthew J. Moore , Gabriel K. Bell , Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC, for Respondent.

Justice BREYER delivered the opinion of the Court.

Section 101 of the Patent Act defines patentable subject matter. It says:

"Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title." 35 U.S.C. § 101.

The Court has long held that this provision contains an important...


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