Cases & Deals

Genentech and Roche face off in patent interference against Japan Foundation for Cancer Research

Clients Hoffman-La Roche Inc.

Jones Day represented Genentech, Inc. and its licensee Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in a patent interference against Japan Foundation for Cancer Research. The interferences involved the parties' applications/patents relating to methods and DNA technologies for the bacterial production of human fibroblast beta interferon, and the recombinant interferon product of those methods. A consolidated oral hearing was held on October 10, 2007 and final judgment was entered in each interference on September 29, 2008. The cases went before the Federal Circuit.

Sugano (JFCR) v. Goeddel (Genentech), Patent Interference No. 105,337

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