By Doug Macron

The European Patent Office agreed late last month to consider restarting its review of a patent application covering Mirrx Therapeutics' core microRNA antagonist technology roughly six months after it said that it would not do so until litigation surrounding the intellectual property had been decided.

According to an EPO filing, the organization will hear Mirrx's argument for resuming patent proceedings on July 11.

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