Alnylam Pharmaceuticals said last week that the German patent office has upheld the company's Kreutzer-Limmer patent in oral proceedings held before the office's opposition board.

The patent, DE 10066235, was granted in January 2008, and covers methods, uses, and medicaments of siRNAs, with a length between 15 and 49 nucleotides, expressed through a vector, according to Alnylam.

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