Advocacy Groups Ask USPTO to Revoke Beagle Patent

Law360, New York (February 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Advocacy groups have asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke a patent granted to the University of Texas for a procedure for animal testing.

The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) and the PatentWatch Project filed the legal challenge with the USPTO, urging the agency to cancel U.S. patent no. 6,444,872.

The patent, assigned to the University of Texas System's Board of Regents in Austin, Texas, was approved in September 2002. It describes how a beagle's immune system was suppressed to produce an animal model to...
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