Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said this week that its Tuschl II patent has been fully upheld by the European Patent Office in opposition proceedings.

The patent, EP 1407044, generally relates to compositions, methods, and uses of siRNAs capable of triggering an RNAi effect. Alnylam said that opponents to the patent included Merck subsidiary Sirna Therapeutics, Silence Therapeutics, Pfizer, and BASF.

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