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Dr. Alex Nie is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Palo Alto office.

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In Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. v. Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, the Federal Circuit held that two scientists, Dr. Gordon Freeman and Dr. Clive Wood, should be included as joint inventors, along with Dr. Tasuku Honjo for patents related to immunotherapy for treating cancer. Identifying foundational discoveries underlying a patent claim could be considered a significant contribution that may rise to the level of inventorship even though the claims do not recite such discoveries. The decision clarifies inventorship rules in the context of pioneering therapeutic work, and suggests that no necessary contribution can be ignored in the inventorship analysis, even if… Continue Reading Federal Circuit Confirms Addition of Two Inventors of Groundbreaking Immunotherapies for Cancer

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Dr. Alex Nie is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Palo Alto office.