Ropes & Gray

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s protracted legal battle against Ropes & Gray, a law firm that once served as the institution’s intellectual property counsel, was dismissed last week after the Massachusetts District Court hearing the case ruled that it did not have jurisdictio

Sigma-Aldrich this week took steps to avoid a court order requiring it to hand over sales data related to its shRNA research products to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as part of the institute's lawsuit against its former intellectual property counsel, stating that doing so would

As Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's protracted legal battle with its former intellectual property counsel continues, Sigma-Aldrich has been pulled into the mix, with the court hearing the case ordering the life sciences company last week to hand over to the institute sales informa

A US District Court last week rejected a request for dismissal of a lawsuit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory filed against legal firm Ropes & Gray for allegedly mishandling patent applications.

As a result, it will be up to the new court to rule on CSHL's allegations that the law firm Ropes & Gray mishandled certain RNAi-related intellectual property stemming from the work of Greg Hannon and maintained improper business relationships with RNAi drug developers.

The new allegations are an attempt by CSHL to delay a ruling on the dismissal of the lawsuit so that it can review certain RNAi companies' confidential materials, the law firm alleged.

It is opposition, CSHL charges that it was specifically the "malpractice and fraud" of the lawyer handling the intellectual property that led the US Patent and Trademark Office to reject the institution's patent applications related to certain RNAi technology.

The law firm, Ropes & Gray, said in a court filing that the suit should be dismissed because its claim of legal malpractice is both "speculative and implausible" and "flatly contradicted by the indisputable documentary record."

According to the suit, the patent counsel copied large portions of the seminal Fire and Mello patent in patent applications covering inventions by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher Greg Hannon.

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