NEW YORK, May 30 - Some two-dozen companies have taken licenses already to the patents held by Carnegie Institution and University of Massachusetts for the RNAi inventions of Andy Fire and Craig Mello - the first RNAi inventions to be awarded USPTO protection. So when BD Biosciences Clontech issued a press release this week to announce that it had jumped on the bandwagon, the statement seemed innocuous. But one loaded line in the release hints at the battle brewing over RNAi intellectual property.

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