Lawyers for the disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk on Monday decided to take legal action against Hwang_s one-time collaborator Prof. Gerald Schatten, who is insisting on his right to a stem-cell technology patent. Schatten, of the University of Pittsburgh, is a co-author of Hwang_s discredited 2005 Science paper on patient-specific stem cells.
Hwang_s lawyers asked Seoul National University, to which Hwang transferred his right to apply for stem-cell related patents, to return the right to the scientist.
They said SNU was attempting to cancel the patent application since Hwang_s research results were fabricated, but Schatten, _who has done nothing to create stem cells,_ had no such compunction and was trying to make the patents for related technology his own. Their plan is to take legal action against Schatten once the university returns the rights.
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