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Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Gene Therapy for Ocular Disease

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AGENCY:

National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, institutes of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, are contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to OcQuila Therapeutics Ltd., a C corporation incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware and a limited company incorporated under the laws of the United Kingdom, to practice the inventions covered by the patent estate listed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice.

DATES:

Only written comments and/or applications for a license which are received by the National Cancer Institute's Technology Transfer Center (representing the National Eye Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (representing the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) on or before January 10, 2020 will be considered.

ADDRESSES:

Requests for copies of the patent application, inquiries, and comments relating to the contemplated an exclusive patent license should be directed to: Michael Shmilovich, Esq., Senior Licensing and Patent Manager, 31 Center Drive Room 4A29, MSC2479, Bethesda, MD 20892-2479, phone number 301-435-5019, or shmilovm@mail.nih.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Intellectual Property

NIH ref No.TitlePatent application No.Filing dateIssued patent No.Issue date
E-284-2012-0-US-01Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye61/765,654February 15, 2013
E-284-2012-1-US-01Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye61/815,636April 24, 2013
E-284-2012-2-PCT-01Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The EyePCT/US2014/16389February 14, 2014
E-284-2012-2-AU-02AAV8 retinoschisin expression vector for treating X-linked retinoschisis2014216160February 14, 20142014216160July 13, 2017.
E-284-2012-2-CA-03AAV8 retinoschisin expression vector for treating X-linked retinoschisis2900231February 14, 20142900231July 30, 2019.
E-284-2012-2-JP-04Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye2015-558144February 14, 20146449175December 14, 2018.
E-284-2012-2-US-05Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye14/766,842February 14, 20149,873,893January 23, 2018.
E-284-2012-2-US-07Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye15/876,821February 14, 201410,350,306July 16, 2019.
E-284-2012-2-EP-06Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The Eye14708176.4February 14, 2014
E-284-2012-2-PCT-08Methods And Compositions For Treating Genetically Linked Diseases Of The EyePCT/US2019/14418January 21, 2019
E-164-2018-0-US-01Intraocular Delivery Of Gene Therapy Expression Vectors62/701,267July 20, 2018
E-164-2018-1-US-01Intraocular Delivery Of Gene Therapy Expression Vectors62/724,480August 29, 2018
E-164-2018-2-US-01Intraocular Delivery Of Gene Therapy Expression Vectors62/768,590November 16, 2019
E-164-2018-3-PCT-01Intraocular Delivery Of Gene Therapy Expression VectorsPCT/US2019/042365July 18, 2019
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all U.S. and foreign patents and applications claiming priority to any member of the above.

The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned or exclusively licensed to the Government of the United States of America.

The prospective exclusive license territory may be worldwide and in fields of use that may be limited to human therapeutics for (1) X-linked juvenile retinoschisis and (2) schisis cavity associated ocular disease or injury.

The aforementioned patent estates cover inventions directed to gene therapy and specifically, expression vectors and therapeutic methods of using such vectors in the treatment of ocular diseases resulting from failure to produce or the defective production of an ocular protein. This invention is also directed to methods of administering expression vectors capable of modulating a target gene or gene product for the treatment of ocular disease.

This notice is made in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404. The prospective exclusive license will be royalty bearing. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless within thirty ( ) days from the date of this published notice, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 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 part 404.

In response to this Notice, the public may file comments or objections. Comments and objections, other than those in the form of a license application, will not be treated confidentially, and may be made publicly available.

License applications submitted in response to this notice will be presumed to contain business confidential information and any release of information in these license applications will be made only as required and upon a request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

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Dated: November 21, 2019.

Michael A. Shmilovich,

Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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[FR Doc. 2019-25685 Filed 11-25-19; 8:45 am]

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