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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: MHC Class II Restricted Melanoma Antigens and Their Use in Therapeutic Methods

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National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, DHHS.




This is notice, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(c)(1) and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i), that the National Start Printed Page 21407Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive license to practice the inventions embodied in U.S. Patent Application S/N 08/533,895, filed on September 26, 1995, entitled “MHC Class II Restricted Melanoma Antigens and Their Use in Therapeutic Methods”, to Therion Biologics Corporation of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the United States of America.

The prospective exclusive license territory will be worldwide and the field of use may be limited to recombinant poxvirus-based vaccines for human cancer immunotherapy, said poxviruses encoding Class II-restricted melanoma antigens, or modifications, derivatives, or immunogenic peptides thereof, and vaccination protocols comprising the administration of one or more Class II-restricted melanoma peptides in addition to a recombinant poxvirus-based vaccine (for example, in a prime and boost protocol), but specifically excluding the use of these peptides in any context other than a recombinant poxvirus-based vaccination protocol.


Only written comments and/or license applications which are received by the National Institutes of Health on or before June 29, 2001 will be considered.


Requests for copies of the patent application, inquiries, comments and other materials relating to the contemplated exclusive license should be directed to: Elaine White, M.B.A., Technology Licensing Specialist, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, MD. 20852-3804. Telephone: (301) 496-7056, X282; Facsimile (301) 402-0220; E-mail

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The prospective exclusive license will be royalty-bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless within sixty (60) days from the date of this published notice, the NIH receives written evidence and argument that establish that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

Applications for a license in the field of use filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the grant of the contemplated exclusive license. Comments and objections submitted to this notice will not be made available for public inspection and, to the extent permitted by law, will not be released under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

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Dated: April 23, 2001.

Jack Spiegel,

Director, Division of Technology Development and Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer.

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