While the patent office
is still in the midst of reviewing NIH's applications, competitors in foreign countries, univeristy laboratories, and private industry have been staking their own genome claims by filing for similar patents.
Over the last decade and a half, the patent office
has been set up in such a way that it's an easy mark.
If the Patent Office
starts asking for deposits, Brandon says, frozen, early embryos probably will be the deposit of choice -- in part because the technology for freezing embryos already is well established.
The patent office
has not, however, tackled the more important issue of how companies use patents.
Therefore, according to the Patent Office
, the patent will cover those offspring as well.
For every day the Patent Office
delayed in examining a patent," he stated, "an inventor potentially lost a commensurate day of patent coverage.
We have generally remained separate from the regulatory scheme,' says Charles Van Horn, director of the organic chemistry and biotechnology examiners group at the patent office
Despite recent public statements by Pictometry that the Patent Office
has "upheld the validity" of several claims in its patent, the remaining claims of the 7,424,133 patent were not considered during the reexamination because they were not the subject of GEOSPAN's request for reexamination.
The patent office
had asked NBS to test a working model of Newman's machine in preparation for a trial now scheduled to begin in December.
Newman, objecting to the judge's "arbitrary and unlawful" order, fearing that NBS would not deal with him objectively and fairly, and questioning the competence of the Patent Office
, instead decided to show off his machine in a public demonstration.
I am gratified by this Decision by which the Patent Office
confirms again the pioneering contributions of PharmaStem in the development of umbilical cord blood preservation and its therapeutic use," said Nicholas Didier, CEO and President of PharmaStem.
A patent interference is a proceeding conducted by the Patent Office
when two or more parties claim the same invention in patent filings.