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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Message Board

  • molinskym molinskym Sep 30, 2004 5:05 PM Flag

    Intellectual property

    Anyone want to comment on intellectual property issues? I can't find any info on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's on-line system, which lists patents awarded and new patent applications.


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    • Thanks very much for the information, appreciate it.

    • Change in Directors or Principal Officers
      Hope this doesn't have any adverse affect. I wonder why he's resigning?

      Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.

      (b) On September 29, 2004, Christoph H. Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., a director of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Alnylam"), informed Alnylam that he was resigning from the board of directors of Alnylam effective October 14, 2004.

    • I think the intelectual patent issues may turn out to be somewhat messy, if only because this field became so hot so fast. Some of the early patents may be too broad or weren't not written with sufficient care. This is just a guess however.

      Also, many companies will eventullay have to license patents from ALNY and others. For example:

      >>Monday February 2, 8:08 am ET

      BOTHELL, Wash., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (Nasdaq: NSTK - News), a leader in drug delivery technology, announced today that it has received a world-wide, non-exclusive license to the Fire et al. PATENTs and PATENT applications titled "Genetic Inhibition by Double-Stranded RNA" (including U.S. PATENT # 6,506,559 B1) from the Carnegie Institute of Washington, D.C. Under this license, Nastech plans to use the small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology in tight junction research and to develop therapeutics based upon siRNA technology. As the seminal description of RNA interference (RNAI), these PATENTs are considered fundamental to the field, as they broadly cover processes for introducing small interfering RNA into cells to control gene expression. <<

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