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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Human Parvovirus B19 Vaccine

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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 a worldwide exclusive license to practice the inventions embodied in PCT/US89/04948 filed November 14, 1989, and National Stage filed in Australia (patent no. 631159), Canada (patent no. 1284268), Israel (patent no. 92298) and Japan (patent no. 2755817), entitled “Parvovirus Capsids”; U.S. patent no. 5,508,186, U.S. patent no. 6,132,732, U.S. patent no. 6,001,371, U.S. patent no. 5,827,647, entitled “B19 Parvovirus Capsids” ; U.S. patent no. 5,916,563, U.S. patent no. 6,558,676 entitled “Parvovirus Capsids”; and PCT/NL90/00130 filed September 11, 1990, and National Stage filed in Europe (patent no. 0491824), Austria (patent no. 122395), Denmark (patent no. 0491824), Germany (patent no. 69019359), Netherlands (patent no. 8902301), Spain (patent no. 2073036) and United States (patent nos. 6,204,044, 6,287,815 and 6,379,885), entitled “Human Parvovirus B19 Proteins and Virus-like Particles, Their Production and Their Use in Diagnostic Assays and Vaccines” to Viral Antigens, Inc., having a place of business in Memphis, Tennessee. The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned or exclusively licensed 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 January 19, 2005, 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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This technology describes a method of producing non-infectious recombinant human parvovirus B-19 capsids composed of viral proteins VP1 and VP2 or VP2. The technology further relates to diagnostic assays utilizing the recombinantly produced parvovirus capsid proteins, or antibodies to such proteins. The technology also describes a vaccine effective against parvovirus B19 infection, consisting of the recombinant capsid proteins. Data from the inventors show that the configuration of the vaccine optimal for eliciting neutralizing antibodies comprises approximately twenty five percent (25%) VP1 and seventy five percent (75%) VP2. In another embodiment, the technology describes the use of parvovirus B19 viral capsids as a gene delivery system for proteins.

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 90 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.

The field of use may be limited to development of vaccines for parvovirus B19.

The licensed territory will be worldwide exclusive.

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: October 14, 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. 04-23561 Filed 10-20-04; 8:45 am]