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19 July 2019AmericasRory O'Neill

USPTO grants ‘CRISPR search engine’ patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Mammoth Biosciences applications for two patents covering what the company claims are “first-of-their-kind” CRISPR diagnostic techniques.

The patents (US numbers 10,253,365 and 10,337,051) cover CRISPR collateral cleavage diagnostic systems, aimed at DNA and RNA detection.

“Similar to how Google searches and finds information on the web, Mammoth’s platform leverages the power of CRISPR to search and find DNA or RNA that are indicative of disease,” a press release said.

“These patents aid us in accelerating the development of our commercial product and open new doors for partners to build upon our CRISPR-enabled platform for applications in diagnostics and beyond,” said Mammoth CEO Trevor Martin.

Speaking to LSIPR, Martin said that Mammoth’s focus would now turn to commercialising the patents.

“We don’t want the technology to be locked up,” he said, adding that the company would look to enter into licensing and research partnerships.

In Martin’s view, the technology could have a significant impact on the field of diagnostics, adding that the CRISPR platform could “supercharge” already existing diagnostic tools.

The Mammoth CEO said that the patents demonstrated the versatility of CRISPR as a technology.

According to Mammoth, the patents strengthen the company’s position in a market which has been embroiled in a fierce IP battle over ownership rights.

Jennifer Doudna, professor at University of California, Berkeley, was among the company’s co-founders.

UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard both claim to have first invented CRISPR technology.

In June, the USPTO revived the battle after it launched an interference proceeding examining 13 patents owned by the Broad Institute, and 10 applications filed by UC Berkeley.

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