Japan’s patent office upholds gene editing patent

Tuesday 1 June 2021


The Japan Patent Office (JPO) has upheld a patent awarded to Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier and colleagues while giving intellectual property protection for a third discovery. As a result, the inventors have three Japanese patents for their discovery of the Crispr/Cas9 genome editing technology. The legal victories were announced on 1 June by ERS Genomics Ltd which licenses access to the technology.