Judge Lets Dana-Farber Advance Cancer Drug IP Suit

By Andrew Karpan (August 16, 2021, 5:57 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge has found that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute made a plausible argument asserting that it is entitled to damages after Bristol-Myers Squibb left the research center's name off immunology patents.

U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris turned down on Friday efforts by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. to shutter a lawsuit the Boston-based research nonprofit filed in late 2019. The suit accuses the drugmakers of unjustly enriching themselves by licensing a collection of patents Dana-Farber successfully claimed co-ownership of and encouraging other companies not to license the technology from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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