UC's CRISPR Licensees Unbowed By Losing Initial US Patent Office Ruling
The US patent office's initial ruling on CRISPR patents that granted the Broad Institute a victory at the expense of the University of California caps the first major skirmish in what will be a long, drawn-out corporate legal battle.
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The USPTO's PTAB will determine whether UC-Berkeley or Broad Institute holders of CRISPR patents first invented its use in eukaryotic cells. The outcome could either benefit the Berkeley group, which could simplify licensing deals, or maintain the status quo.
Despite being ineligible to license its CRISPR technology for human gene and cell therapy applications, ERS is doing considerable business with biopharmas for internal R&D projects.
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