By Doug Macron
AlCana Technologies last month denied that its researchers violated non-compete agreements with their former employer, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, as part of a legal claim filed against it by that company.
In a complaint filed this week with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Catalyst Assets alleges that the SOLiD system infringes US Patent No. 5,858,731, entitled "Oligonucleotide libraries useful for producing primers."
Mirrx said the agency's decision may mean it will have to wait as long as two years before it can secure the patent. During that time, it may be unable to secure additional investments needed to stay in business, the company said.
According to the amended complaint, University of Utah's Brenda Bass had “so well-defined” the concept at issue that it "could have been reduced to practice by someone with ordinary skill in the art without further research.”