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A Bitter Battle Over Insulin Gene

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Science  22 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5329, pp. 1028-1030
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5329.1028

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When the University of California sued Eli Lilly and Company to uphold its patent rights on the insulin gene, little did it expect to come away empty-handed, with $12 million in legal bills and its researchers accused of "inequitable conduct." That's what happened 18 months ago, when a federal court ruled in Lilly's favor. Last month, an appeals court set aside the inequitable conduct ruling, but let stand the finding that Lilly did not infringe UC's patents.