For the half-year to 30 June 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Alberto Bellan, Darren Meale and Nadia Zegze.

Two of our regular Kats are currently on blogging sabbaticals. They are David Brophy and Catherine Lee.

Friday, 6 April 2007

Stem cell patent



The Washington Post reports that the USPTO has revoked three patents granted to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for inventions involving human embryonic stem cells. The Foundation has said that it will appeal, and the governor of Wisconsin has said that it will back the Foundation.

The IPKat notes that a patent involving stem cells filed by the same organisation is currently before the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The USPTO has not revoked the patents. The patents are undergoing re-examination. The USPTO has issued Actions rejecting all claims of the 3 patents. WARF has yet to respond. The outcome has not been decided yet. My understanding is that if the patents are revoked, WARF will appeal

Anonymous said...

WARF gave us Warfarin. Originally it killed rodents but since they have become resistant it is widely dispensed to humans.

Subscribe to the IPKat's posts by email here

Just pop your email address into the box and click 'Subscribe':