MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - February 12, 2014) - Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG) (NASDAQ: GENE) today announced that it received a further ExParte Re-Examination Certificate from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"), dated February 10, 2014 (the "Certificate"). The Certificate follows the third request for ex parte re-examination of claims 1-15, 17,18, 26-29 and 32 of the Company's U.S. Patent No. 5,612,179 (the '179 patent) by Merial L.L.C. of Duluth, Georgia, as announced by the Company on September 30, 2013.
"We are pleased to announce the successful resolution of this fourth re-examination of one of our key patents," said Tom Howitt, acting Chief Executive Officer of Genetic Technologies. "This news once again reinforces the strength of the Company's non-coding patent portfolio. Further, given some potential licensees have used the pending re-examination to delay settlement discussions, we expect that good faith negotiations will now resume in earnest."
In the Certificate, the USPTO confirms the patentability of claims 1-15, 17,18, 26-29 and 32 and no amendments have been made to the '179 patent.
About Genetic Technologies Limited
Genetic Technologies is an established diagnostics company with more than 20 years of experience in commercializing genetic testing, non-coding DNA and product patenting. The Company has operations in Australia and the U.S. and is dual-listed on the ASX (Code: GTG) and NASDAQ (Ticker: GENE). Genetic Technologies is focused on the commercialization of its patent portfolio through an active out-licensing program and the global expansion of its oncology and cancer management diagnostics assets. Its U.S. subsidiary, Phenogen Sciences Inc., offers novel predictive testing and assessment tools to help physicians proactively manage women's health. Phenogen's lead product, BREVAGen™, is a first in class, clinically validated risk assessment test for non-familial breast cancer.
For more information, please visit http://www.gtglabs.com and http://www.phenogensciences.com
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