Monday, April 02, 2007

Geron Statement on WARF Patent Rulings

Here is the full text of Geron's statement on the ruling on the WARF ESC patents.

"Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN) supports the position of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) that  U.S. patents  covering Dr. James Thomson’s pioneering work with human embryonic stem cells were properly granted. Thomson’s success in isolating human embryonic stem cells is recognized by the scientific community as a significant breakthrough, and the scope of the patents granted to WARF is commensurate with that achievement.  Three patents issued to WARF based on Dr. Thomson’s research are being reexamined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

"It is routine for the USPTO to grant patent re-examination requests.  Furthermore, it is common for the USPTO to issue preliminary rulings that reject patent claims, only for the USPTO to terminate re-examinations and uphold patent claims in later stages of the review and appeals process.

"As the world leader in the development of human embryonic stem cell-based therapeutics, Geron holds a broad portfolio of intellectual property rights.  This portfolio includes the WARF patents in re-examination, additional WARF patents that are not subject to the re-examination proceedings and patents exclusively licensed from the University of California and the University of Oxford.  In addition, Geron’s portfolio includes patents and patent applications filed by Geron to cover technologies developed internally by Geron scientists for the production and differentiation of embryonic stem cells." Sphere: Related Content

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