Court Delivers Decisive Blow in IP Dispute Between Former Partners

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An ongoing intellectual property (IP) dispute between a biotech firm and one of Delaware’s leading research institutions was dealt a decisive blow late last month, after a judge ruled in favor of the biotech company.

iBio, the biotech firm in question, had previously been located in Delaware and enjoyed a decade-long partnership with the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology, before the relationship began to sour back in 2013. Under the terms of the former partnership, Fraunhofer was responsible for developing the science behind certain vaccines, while iBio owned and licensed the science to other pharmaceutical organizations.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed by iBio, the partnership terms were allegedly breached when the firm discovered that Fraunhofer had been working with a competitor from Canada.

To an extent, the recent decision echoes this sentiment, as the court ruled that iBio should be entitled to exclusive ownership of technology scientists at the state research center. And while the court’s decision does address one of the key questions in the case, it does not fully resolve the existing intellectual property suit.

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