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By John T. Aquino
Oct. 1 — A U.S. cancer institute asserted Sept. 25 in federal district court litigation that two U.S. researchers are co-inventors of cancer immunotherapy patents that are a result of the collegial exchanges of ideas and draft manuscripts with a Japanese researcher (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. v. Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., D. Mass., No. 1:15-cv-13443, filed 9/25/15).
The complaint filed by Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts contended that DFCI researcher Gordon J. Freeman and Clive R. Wood of the biotech the Genetics Institute, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., made contributions to five patents that show Tasuku Honjo and three colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan as the inventors. The DFCI asked the court to order the Patent and Trademark Office to correct the patents' inventorship to include Freeman and Wood.
As assignee of Freeman and Wood's patent rights, DFCI would become co-owner of the five patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,95,048; 8,168,179; 8,728,474; 9,067,999; and 9,073,994.
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