Pacific Biosciences prevails in patent eligibility ruling
Pacific Biosciences of California announced that Judge Leonard Stark of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware denied a motion to dismiss filed on December 14, 2017 by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. Oxford had sought to dismiss Pacific Biosciences' complaint for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 9,738,929 by alleging that the patent's claims recite ineligible subject matter. A hearing on the matter was held on February 27, 2018 and the ruling by Judge Stark was issued on March 22, 2018. In its ruling, the court disagreed with Oxford's contentions and also took note of the inconsistent statements made by Oxford in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission and in prosecuting Oxford's own, later-filed patent applications.