MilliporeSigma's CRISPR Claims Put Pressure On USPTO

Law360 (July 24, 2019, 10:25 PM EDT) -- MilliporeSigma is trying to join a conversation about who was the first to invent fundamental technology of the gene-editing tool CRISPR, taking an unusual approach that attorneys say could ramp up pressure on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and raise the company's profile as a player in the space.

MilliporeSigma, a life sciences company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, filed a petition last week asking the patent office to declare an interference proceeding between it and the University of California.

The office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has already declared an interference — a proceeding to determine who was the first...

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