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Does UC’s new CRISPR-Cas9 patent really cover eukaryotes?

In the latest episode in the long-running CRISPR-Cas9 patent battle between the University of California and Broad, UC has obtained a new patent related CRISPR-Cas9.  UC has touted this patent, as well as another expected to issue shortly, as “useful to locate and edit genes in any setting, including within plant, animal, and human cells.”  So, did UC just win patents covering CRISPR-Cas9 in eukaryotes?  How does this square with the patent interference that UC recently lost at the Federal Circuit on this very issue?

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How important are UC’s two new CRISPR patents?

UC was recently awarded two patents on CRISPR technology.  UC is currently embroiled in a highly-watched dispute with the Broad Institute over who owns the heralded first patents covering CRISPR-Cas9 in plant and animal cells.  (We previously blogged about the dispute here and here.)  While that dispute remains pending, the question remains how important UC’s two new CRISP patents are?  How much will they impact the overall intellectual-property being claimed over the burgeoning CRISPR-Cas9 technology?

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