By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Supreme Court today invalidated two patents held by Prometheus Laboratories in a widely watched case for those involved in the personalized medicine field.

In a unanimous decision, the court called the patents in dispute, US Patent Nos. 6,355,623 and 6,680,302 unpatentable because they merely describe the laws of nature and "add nothing specific to the laws of nature other than what is well-understood, routine, conventional activity."

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