Berkeley Appeals PTAB Ruling In MIT, Broad CRISPR Dispute

Law360, Los Angeles (April 13, 2017, 7:43 PM EDT) -- Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Vienna on Wednesday appealed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision finding no overlap between their CRISPR patents and those of the Massachusetts-based Broad Institute, furthering the IP battle between elite teams of scientists over the revolutionary gene-editing technology.

The Berkeley team and the Massachusetts team — consisting of the Broad Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University — had each argued to the PTAB that they were the first to invent the efficient CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a groundbreaking method of genome editing that could aid in the treatment of genetic diseases and...

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