BioCentury on BioBusiness,
Monday, April 14, 1997
The latest casualty in
the ongoing patent and marketing dispute between Biogen Inc. and Schering AG
came last week in the revocation by the European Patent Office (EPO) of BGEN's
so-called "Fiers patent" covering production of recombinant
The patent issued in
1990, and soon thereafter was contested by Schering. In 1994 Schering's
opposition was denied, but that decision has now been overturned upon appeal,
which cannot be challenged.
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