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U.S. Patent Office Rejects Key HIV/AIDS Drug Patents at PUBPAT Request: Government Finds Prior Art Submitted By PUBPAT Invalidates All of Gilead Sciences' Claims
Date:1/23/2008

patents to either be revoked or changed more than two-thirds of the time.

"We are extremely pleased that the Patent Office has agreed with us that Gilead's TDF patents are invalid," said Ravicher. "This means that we are now well on the way towards ending the harm being caused to the public by Gilead's use of the patents to prevent anyone else from offering TDF to HIV/AIDS patients in the United States."

The Gilead Sciences TDF patents challenged by PUBPAT that have now been rejected by the Patent Office are U.S. Patents No. 5,922,695, 5,935,946, 5,977,089 and 6,043,230. Gilead has applied for similar patents on TDF in other countries throughout the world, including India, where they have received fierce opposition by non-profit AIDS patient groups.

More information about the reexaminations of the four Gilead Sciences TDF patents challenged by PUBPAT, including copies of the official Office Actions issued by the Patent Office rejecting all of the claims of each of the four patents, can be found at http://www.pubpat.org/gileadhivaidsdrug.htm.
Contact:

Daniel Ravicher, Executive Director

Public Patent Foundation

(212) 796-0570

info@pubpat.org

http://www.pubpat.org

About the Public Patent Foundation

The Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT") is a not-for-profit legal services organization working to protect the public from the harms caused by the patent system, particularly the harms caused by undeserved patents and unsound patent policy. PUBPAT provides the general public and those specific persons or businesses otherwise deprived of access to the system governing patents, with representation, advocacy, and education.


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