Stem Cell Patent Case May Limit Standing For USPTO Appeals

Law360, New York (November 27, 2013, 5:39 PM EST) -- The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and a consumer group challenging its patent on stem cells recently sparred over whether the group has standing at the Federal Circuit, raising an issue that could limit the ability some patent challengers have to appeal decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

WARF and Consumer Watchdog filed briefs with the Federal Circuit on Nov. 25 arguing standing. Consumer Watchdog had sought a re-examination of WARF's patent at the USPTO, saying it should be found obvious, but the office ruled...
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