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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Human Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics for the Treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) Infections

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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 Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive license to practice the invention embodied in: United States Patent Application 60/250,561 and its foreign equivalents entitled “Monoclonal Antibodies Specific For The E2 Glycoprotein Of Hepatitis C Virus and Their Use In The Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of HCV” filed December 1, 2000, to Biolex, Inc., having a place of business in Pittsboro, NC. The patent rights in this invention have been assigned to the United States of America.


Only written comments and/or application for a license which are received by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on or before June 14, 2004, will be considered.


Requests for a copy of the patent application, inquiries, comments and other materials relating to the contemplated license should be directed to: Susan Ano, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852-3804; e-mail:; telephone: (301) 435-5515; facsimile: (301) 402-0220.

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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 60 days from the date of this published notice, NIH receives written evidence and argument that establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

This invention relates to human monoclonal antibodies that exhibit immunological binding affinity for the hepatitis C virus E2 glycoprotein and are cross-reactive against different hepatitis C virus (HCV) strains. These antibodies may be used in passive immunoprophylaxis for the prevention of hepatitis C virus infection and/or in passive immunotherapy for the treatment of hepatitis C.

The licensed territory will be worldwide excluding Europe, India, and Japan. This notice should be considered a modification of the Federal Register notice originally published in 68 FR 10744, March 6, 2003.

The field of use may be limited to development of human monoclonal antibody biotherapeutics for the prevention and/or treatment of HCV infections.

Properly filed competing applications for a license filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the contemplated license. Comments and objections submitted in response 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 7, 2004.

Steven M. Ferguson,

Director, Division of Technology Development and Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 04-8492 Filed 4-14-04; 8:45 am]