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Sanders calls on USPTO to block Gilead patent extension

US09-12-2019Rory O'Neill

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on the US Patent and Trademark Office to block extensions to two Gilead Sciences patents covering HIV prevention drugs including Descovy.

Astellas doubles down on gene therapy with $3bn Audentes deal

Japan, US05-12-2019Sarah Morgan

Astellas is set to buy US-based Audentes Therapeutics for approximately $3 billion, as the Japanese pharmaceutical company looks to boost its gene therapy expertise.

Merck KGaA secures CRISPR patents in Japan and Singapore

Germany, Japan, Singapore27-11-2019Sarah Morgan

The Japan Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore have each granted Merck KGaA a patent covering the use of paired CRISPR nickases.

Merck and Evotec strike CRISPR licensing deal

Germany14-11-2019Rory O'Neill

Merck has agreed to license its CRISPR gene-editing technology to German biotech company Evotec.

23andMe petitions Fed Circuit for en banc review

US08-11-2019Saman Javed

DNA testing and analysis company 23andMe has asked the full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to review an earlier panel decision which held that one of its patents is invalid.

CRISPR Therapeutics to buy JV from Bayer

US22-10-2019Sarah Morgan

A joint venture between gene-editing startup CRISPR Therapeutics and German pharmaceutical company Bayer will come under the control of CRISPR Therapeutics, according to the pair’s proposed plans.

FDA announces record generic approvals in 2019

US21-10-2019Rory O'Neill

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced record approvals of generic drugs in 2019, amid growing pressure over drug prices in the US.

BGI counter sues Illumina for patent infringement

China, US04-10-2019Saman Javed

A US subsidiary of Chinese genome sequencing company BGI has filed a patent infringement counterclaim against Illumina.

USPTO grants new CRISPR-Cas9 patent to University of California

US03-10-2019Rory O'Neill

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a new CRISPR-Cas9 patent to the University of California (UC), the University of Vienna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, marking the fifth consecutive week that the USPTO has approved a new patent in their CRISPR portfolio.

Taiwanese firm accuses Pacific Biosciences of infringing sequencing tech

Taiwan, US30-09-2019Sarah Morgan

Taiwan-based Personal Genomics Taiwan has taken gene-sequencing rival Pacific Biosciences to court in the US, over alleged patent infringement.

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