uniQure acquires patent family providing protection of FIX-Padua
uniQure N.V. announced that the company has acquired a patent family, with claims issued in the U.S., that broadly covers a hyperactive variant of Factor IX carrying an R338L mutation and its use in gene therapy for the treatment of coagulopathies, including hemophilia B. This patent family was acquired from the inventor, Professor Paolo Simioni, a hemophilia expert at the University of Padua, Italy, who is widely recognized as the first to identify this mutant.Professor Simioni filed a PCT application on September 15, 2009, and patent applications are pending in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent 9,249,405 on February 2, 2016, which includes claims directed to Factor IX protein with a leucine at the R338 position of the protein sequence, nucleic acid sequences coding for this protein, and therapeutic applications, including gene therapy. Additional fast track divisional patent applications have also been filed in the U.S. and in Europe that would further strengthen uniQure's intellectual property position.