ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stem cell company, Neuralstem, Inc. (AMEX: CUR), announced today that it has received notice that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued its first ruling in the reexamination of the four StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq: STEM) patents requested by Neuralstem.
"The Patent Office has rejected on multiple grounds all of the claims in all four of StemCells' patents that it examined," said Neuralstem President & CEO, Richard Garr. "In accepting the reexamination months ago," Garr explained, "the Patent Office was only ruling that, on its face, there was enough evidence to disallow the claims. Now after careful examination, the Patent Office has issued an official rejection of each of the claims in all four of the patents that StemCells attempted to assert against Neuralstem in its law suit. Importantly the Patent Office is rejecting the StemCells patents based on additional prior art references that were not even the focus of our reexamination request. We are pleased but certainly not surprised by the Patent Office's rejection of all the claims in all the relevant StemCells patents," Garr went on to say. "We believe that the Patent Office has now correctly found that these claims should never have been issued in the first place."
Neuralstem's patent-protected technology enables, for the first time,
the ability to produce neural stem cells of the human brain and spinal cord
in commercial quantities, and the ability to control the differentiation of
these cells into matu
|SOURCE Neuralstem, Inc.|
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