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US 5,563,175 (issued Oct. 8, 1996) is entitled GABA and L-glutamic acid analogs for antiseizure treatment [inventors Silverman; Richard B. (Morton Grove, IL), Andruszkiewicz; Ryszard (Sopot, PL), Yuen; Po-Wai (Ann Arbor, MI), Sobieray; Denis M. (Holland, MI), Franklin; Lloyd C. (Hamilton, MI), Schwindt; Mark A. (Holland, MI)] has but one claim:
A method of treating a patient having seizure disorders which comprises administering to said patient an effective amount of a substantially pure compound of the formula S-(+)-4-amino-3-(2-methylpropyl)butanoic acid.
In terms of priority: This is a divisional of application Ser. No. 08/064,285 filed on May 18, 1993 (Abandoned); which is a CIP of Ser. No. 07/886,080, filed May 20, 1992 (Abandoned); which is a CIP of Ser. No. 07/618,692, filed Nov. 27, 1990 (Abandoned).
The '175 patent cites Andruszkiewicz, Synthesis, pp. 953-955. The full reference for this paper (not given in the '175 patent) is Andruszkiewicz, R.S., Silverman, R.B., 1989. A convenient synthesis of 3-alkyl-4-aminobutanoic acids. Synthesis 953–955.
The '175 patent is assigned in part to Warner-Lambert Company and makes no mention of government support.
Prior to the 175 patent, Andruszkiewicz was a named inventor on US 4,923,965.
In a different patent, US 5,684,189, entitled GABA and L-glutamic acid analogs for antiseizure treatment, one has the following priority chain:
This is a divisional of application Ser. No. 08/064,285 filed on May 18, 1993 (Abandoned); which is a CIP of 07/886,080, filed May 20, 1992 (Abandoned); which is a CIP of 07/618,692, filed Nov. 27,1990 (Abandoned). [IPBiz: same applications as in '175 patent priority chain.]
HOWEVER, one has the following in the '189 patent:
This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. NS1570 awarded by the National Institute of Health. The Government has certain rights in the invention.
the reference to the 1989 paper in the '189 patent states: Andruszkiewicz, Synthesis, pp. 953-603 (received by PTO Jan. 18, 1990), 1989.
IPBiz finds it intriguing to have a notation received by PTO Jan. 18, 1990 on a patent which claims priority only as far back as Nov. 27,1990.