The CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system provides a precise, relatively simple and versatile method for editing DNA and, as such, has been hailed as the biggest biotech breakthrough of the 21st century. However, the European Patent Office (EPO) has now revoked one of the key, early patents...

About a month ago I had just got home and was in the kitchen talking to Megan when my mobile phone rang.  It was an inventor (I'll call him "Jack") calling from Los Angeles in California. Jack wanted to extend his US patent application coverage to Australia.   He said, "Hi Michael, I've got a patent application filed with the USPTO and I want to lodge in Australia. What's the deal for doing that?". It was a great surprise to hear his US accent coming over the line.  Usually when I do work for clients in the USA, or other countries, it comes in as an email from their attorney.  Not as a direct phone call from the applicant / inventor.  My mobile phone number is on the contact page of my website so people can do exactly what Jack had done and simply give me a call.
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