Thursday, February 16, 2006

Hwang to sue Schatten over patent conflicts?

from english.chosun: Lawyers for the disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, decided to take legal action against Hwang's one-time collaborator Prof. Gerald Schatten, who is insisting on his right to a stem-cell technology patent. Schatten, of the University of Pittsburgh, is a co-author of Hwang's discredited 2005 Science paper on patient-specific stem cells.

Hwang's lawyers asked Seoul National University, to which Hwang transferred his right to apply for stem-cell related patents, to return the right to the scientist.

They said SNU was attempting to cancel the patent application [of Hwang] since Hwang's research results were fabricated, but Schatten, "who has done nothing to create stem cells," had no such compunction and was trying to make the patents for related technology his own. Their plan is to take legal action against Schatten once the university returns the rights.

[A previous report in New Scientist had suggested that SNU would proceed with the Hwang application(s). See earlier post on IPBiz and Kelly article in Seoul Times.]


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