Stem Cell Technology

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.  Given their unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases such as diabetes, and heart disease.

 

Our attorneys have specialist knowledge and varied hands-on expertise relating to the use, culture, identification/isolation and development of multi-potent, pluripotent and totipotent stem cell types.  In particular, our attorneys have specialist knowledge in culturing and using the following stem cell types in addition to cellular lines with multi-potent potential:

  • Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs)
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)
  • Mesencymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
  • Neural Stem Cells (NSCs)
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs)
  • Co-culture hematopoietic feeder systems

The expertise of our attorneys together with their professional IP-related experience enables them to deal with all aspects of stem cell technology patents and applications, including: drafting; prosecution; conducting opposition proceedings; and providing validity and infringement advice.