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Gilead Can Challenge University’s Virus Treatment Patent

May 29, 2020, 9:45 PM

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted Gilead’s request to review the validity of a patent owned by the University of Minnesota for compounds used to treat viral infections.

  • PTAB said that Gilead has “satisfied the threshold requirement” of showing it has a reasonable likelihood of winning the argument that the patent is invalid
  • The university’s patent 8,815,830, titled “Nucleosides with Antiviral and Anticancer Activity,” covers “an enormous number of compounds,” Gilead contends
  • Gilead said those compounds include sofosbuvir, the active ingredient in its HepC treatments that was already known before the school’s patent application was officially filed and...

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