By Doug Macron

Santaris Pharma this week asked a US District Court to dismiss a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against it by Isis Pharmaceuticals, arguing that its research and development activities at issue in the case occur outside of the US and therefore are not subject to the nation's patent laws.

Even if they did occur in the US, Santaris argued, such activities would be protected by a statutory patent exemption and therefore no infringement would have occurred.

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