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.