Federal Circuit Revives Bovine Sperm Sorting Case

The Federal Circuit recently ruled that a suit can proceed over induced patent infringement against bovine artificial insemination company ABS Global. The company has been sued by rival STgenetics. The patent in question covers “sorting bull sperm cells according to a specific DNA characteristic in order to preselect the gender of a domestic animal’s offspring.” Artificial insemination is used by “dairy farmers and beef producers to increase fertility rates of female calves, which is profitable for milk production.” The Federal Circuit found that a judgment in prior litigation over the patent doesn't prevent this separate suit.