Patenting RNA Interference Technology

Law360 (May 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- RNA interference technology initiates degradation of specific messenger RNA (mRNA) and prevents production of the protein which the mRNA encodes.  This technology shows promise both for treating disease and creating models of disease.  Now that the technology is generally known, can a company patent its own particular application?

 

As with all patent applications, the company must demonstrate that its RNA interference technology has utility, is adequately described in the specification of the patent application, and is both novel and nonobvious.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the "Patent Office") has provided informal guidance on these issues in the context...

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