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CRISPR/Cas patent wars have begun at the European Patent Office

Published on 24th Nov 2015

Published on 24th November 2015

On 26 October this year the CRISPR/Cas patent wars truly began with the filing of European oppositions against what appears to be the first patent granted in Europe for this revolutionary gene-editing technology. The patent was granted to the Broad Institute, MIT and Harvard College on 11 February this year (1), and at least nine different opponents filed oppositions against it before the deadline this month. The European opposition procedure that will now follow could result in the amendment or even the revocation of the patent, but it is likely to be at least five years before the final outcome is known.

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