June 28, 2017
Weil successfully represented Stanford University in an appeal from a high-profile inventorship dispute against the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). This appeal relates to an important contest over who invented a revolutionary non-invasive test for Down's Syndrome. The test is more accurate -- and often avoids the need altogether -- for amniocentesis to determine whether a fetus is at risk for having an abnormal number of chromosomes. The two competing inventors are Stanford Professor Stephen Quake and CUHK Professor Dennis Lo. Stanford originally lost the Patent Office proceeding invalidating a Stanford patent, but the Federal Circuit concluded that the proceeding was wrongly decided against Stanford and reversed the decision for resolution by the Patent Office applying the correct legal principles.