Alnylam Patent Upheld by EPO

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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals last week announced that the European Patent Office's board of appeals ruled that claims within one of the company's core patents meet the mandatory requirements under European patent law.

The patent, EP 1214945, claims methods, medicaments, and uses of siRNAs with a double-stranded structure consisting of 15 to 49 nucleotides, according to Alnylam. It is part of the so-called Kreutzer-Limmer patent family.

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