Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Isis Pharmaceuticals said last week that the Japan Patent Office has said it will grant a patent on an application from the so-called Tuschl-III patent series, which relates to the therapeutic use of microRNAs.

The patent application — 2003-532675 — is owned by the Max Planck Institute, but is exclusively licensed to miRNA drug developer and Alnylam/Isis joint venture Regulus Therapeutics.

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